red tape

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A derisive term for regulations or bureaucratic procedures that are considered excessive or excessively time- and effort-consuming.
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All the red tape and paperwork that goes on there prevents any progress.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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Red TapeExtra-long formal procedure that consumes lots of time, strict adherence to certain rules and regulations
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