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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.
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"red tape" in British English

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red tapenoun [U]

uk   /ˌred ˈteɪp/ us   /ˌred ˈteɪp/ disapproving
C2 official rules and processes that seem unnecessary and delay results: We must cut through the red tape.
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"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. bureaucratic/excessive/government red tape
(Definition of red tape from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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