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Meaning of RED TAPE

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  needlessly time-consuming procedure
 
 Synonyms: bureaucratic procedure
 
 See Also: procedure

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Red"-tape`\ (-t?p`), a.
Pertaining to, or characterized by, official formality. See
{Red tape}, under {Red}, a.

 

 

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