Indeed for the latter, one and all entertained the deep contempt of the out-of-door man for the red-tape clerk.
His Regiment, through some red-tape informality, has been without tents.
"It really is red-tape of Miss Todd," murmured Loveday yieldingly.
In the army they become, occasionally, the most bigoted worshippers of red-tape.
The force of public convenience would break the red-tape barrier like a cobweb.
Yet nothing more dangerous than red-tape happened for a while.
I rode home meditating on the mysteries of red-tape, but without being able to fathom them.
Hers was no red-tape rule, but a system based on sensible methods.
It was perhaps only what is practically nearly as mischievous as either of them—and that is red-tape.
I hate the red-tape system which binds our rulers from beginning to end.
"excessive bureaucratic rigmarole," 1736, in reference to the red tape formerly used in Great Britain (and the American colonies) for binding up legal and other official documents, mentioned from 1690s.
Bureaucratic procedures that delay progress: “Paula had hoped to settle the inheritance quickly but got caught up in a lot of red tape.”
Administrative procedures, especially in a bureaucracy, that are marked by complexity and delay: “Red tape delayed his passport.”
Delay and complication; ureaucrati routine; petty officious procedure
[1736+; fr the tape used for tying up legal and official documents]