Meaning of “red tape” in the English Dictionary

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"red tape" in American English

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red tapenoun [ U ]

us /ˈred ˈteɪp/

official rules and processes that seem unnecessary and delay results:

Rescue work is often hampered by red tape at national borders.

(Definition of “red tape” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"red tape" in Business English

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red tapenoun [ U ]

uk us disapproving

official rules and processes that seem unnecessary and cause delays:

cut/cut through/reduce red tape He promised to reform and cut red tape.

(Definition of “red tape” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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