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bureaucracy

noun [U or C] uk   /bjʊəˈrɒk.rə.si/ us    /bjʊˈrɑː.krə-/ mainly disapproving
C2 a system for controlling or managing a country, company, or organization that is operated by a large number of officials employed to follow rules carefully: I had to deal with the university's bureaucracy when I was applying for financial aid.
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