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What is another word for red tape?

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Noun
Bureaucratic or administrative rules
“It is very helpful indeed to have Congress look into the whole problem of administrative red tape and delays in the execution of Federally funded programs.”
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Bureaucratic or administrative paperwork
“It's important to remember how far we have come in the effort to eliminate unnecessary Federal forms and red tape.”
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(manufacturing) A set of procedures used to produce a product
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A prescribed order for performing a ceremony
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A long and complicated procedure that seems tiresome or pointless
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Behavior that is strictly proper, conventional or formal
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A thing that is done to comply with rules or regulations
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The manner in which an organization or activity is managed or directed
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A hindrance or obstruction in doing something
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Adjective
Relating to a system of government in which most of the important decisions are taken by state officials rather than by elected representatives
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