Today's Word of the Day means...
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]