Definition of 'red tape'
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What we need is to be cutting red tape. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So it becomes a question of which corners they cut red tape say it protects the public. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Much depends on whether the government chooses to prioritise energy efficiency or cutting red tape. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The proposals are likely to anger GPs who will see them as extra red tape. The Sun (2017)Short on red tape, low on tax. The Sun (2016)Just 15 per cent said that red tape was holding them back. The Sun (2016)Cutting red tape will help small firms and the self-employed. The Sun (2016)Then he'll bulldoze the system to cut taxes, red tape and reduce government. The Sun (2016)He said:'The cost and daunting wall of red tape puts off small builders without our resources. The Sun (2016)But he does have solid economic policies, including big tax reforms and cuts to red tape, which could certainly boost growth. The Sun (2016)What he calls red tape others might see as essential safeguards. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Smaller businesses particularly want to see red tape cut. The Sun (2012)Such paranoid red tape applies to academics in no other country. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The tax system he leaves is astonishingly complex, the red tape voluminous. Times, Sunday Times (2007) Seeing that red tape was holding back economic growth, she made changes to help business and individuals. The Sun (2013)I wish we were as free as they are, not bound hand and foot in red tape. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The package has been drawn up to answer small businesses' bitter complaints about rigid red tape and seeing their cash flows drained by expensive legal bills. The Sun (2012)The measures to reform laws protecting the public during questioning by police are intended to secure more convictions, speed up justice and reduce police red tape. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Opponents of the French plans fear that they would wreck British football by imposing much tighter financial red tape on clubs. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But the general crisis in funding has prompted the Government to promise national museums more powers to shape their own destinies, free from excessive red tape. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'red tape'
British English: red tape NOUN
You refer to official rules and procedures as red tape when they seem unnecessary and cause delay.
The little money that was available was tied up in bureaucratic red tape.
Definition of red tape from the Collins English Dictionary
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