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"red tape" in British English

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red tapenoun [U]

uk   /ˌred ˈteɪp/  us   /ˌred ˈteɪp/ disapproving
C2 officialrules and ​processes that ​seemunnecessary and ​delayresults: We must cut through the ​redtape.
(Definition of red tape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"red tape" in American English

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red tapenoun [U]

 us   /ˈred ˈteɪp/
officialrules and ​processes that ​seemunnecessary and ​delayresults: Rescue ​work is often ​hampered by red tape at ​nationalborders.
(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
officialrules and ​processes that seem unnecessary and cause delays: cut/cut through/reduce red tape He promised to ​reform and ​cutredtape. bureaucratic/​excessive/​governmentredtape
(Definition of red tape from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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