red tape

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Bundle of US pension documents from 1906 bound in red tape

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  • Thought to allude to the former practice of binding government documents in red-coloured tape

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red tape (uncountable)

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  1. (idiomatic) Time-consuming regulations or bureaucratic procedures.
    All the red tape and paperwork that goes on there prevents any progress.

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