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red tape

Judge Biederman says that she is going to overlook all of the red tape for now I can see that Pattie likes the idea of red tape.
Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  time-consuming bureaucratic procedures — especially those that seem needless
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The term originated from the pinkish-red tape that surrounded nearly all English and French legal documents that were also sealed with wax and stamped with an official government seal. Hence, to read these documents a person had to get through the red tape by breaking the wax seal and sliding off the tape.
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  • Judge Biederman says that she is going to overlook all of the red tape for now I can see that Pattie likes the idea of red tape.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Red tape.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Deal with red tape.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It’s possible to have a new Social issued, in theory, although the red tape is such a headache that I don’t suggest it …."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • There would be thickets of red tape to negotiate and fines to pay.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • There was something about it that quickened an instinctive curiosity, and made me undo the faded red tape that tied up the package, with the sense that a treasure would here be brought to light.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Draw up all the papers and all the red tape in the name of the John Galt Line," she said.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The Beanstalk died in a bramble of red tape!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • But I want to do it on my own, by myself, right out that front door, with all the traditional red tape and complications.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • And our opponent’s counsel will answer with inordinate demands for all our files and seek endless interrogatories in order to enmesh our client in a hopeless tangle of red tape, It is simply war, and you know the quality that applies to that and love.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • I don’t want any French red tape just because I discovered the man.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • A loyaltystatement required of everyone, it was hoped, might save some time and a lot of red tape.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • I’m trying to get them out of there but the red tape is so fierce.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • In 1984, there were 500 "red tape" areas on the system — places where track damage had made it unsafe for trains to go more than 15 miles per hour.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • A man has relatives in the old country but he can’t get them over here on account of a lot of red tape.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Now and then, in the eagerness of dispatching pressing business, I would inadvertently summon Bartleby, in a short, rapid tone, to put his finger, say, on the incipient tie of a bit of red tape with which I was about compressing some papers.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Bypass all this red tape.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • They were all marked and docketed, and tied with red tape.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Opposite to the tall old chimney-piece were two portraits: one of a gentleman with grey hair (though not by any means an old man) and black eyebrows, who was looking over some papers tied together with red tape; the other, of a lady, with a very placid and sweet expression of face, who was looking at me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • His oversized mahogany desk was covered with neat piles of folders whose edges were bordered with red tape and whose covers bore various code words.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The red tape is endless.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Papers in packets tied with red tape were pigeon-holed around, and some iron safes filled a recess, while the bare wood floor was, like the door-step, stained by previous visitors.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I know that for the last five days he has had three thousand drawn out of the bank, changed into notes of a hundred roubles, packed into a large envelope, sealed with five seals, and tied across with red tape.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But, when he is trimmed, smoothed, and varnished, according to the mode; when he is aweary of vice, and aweary of virtue, used up as to brimstone, and used up as to bliss; then, whether he take to the serving out of red tape, or to the kindling of red fire, he is the very Devil.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Also, without being actually positive, it struck him a great field was to be opened up in the line of opening up new routes to keep pace with the times apropos of the Fishguard-Rosslare route which, it was mooted, was once more on the tapis in the circumlocution departments with the usual quantity of red tape and dillydallying of effete fogeydom and dunderheads generally.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • What was back in the bedroom on the pine table? A large packet of letters, eight tattered, black-bound account books tied together with faded red tape, a photograph, about five by eight inches, mounted on cardboard and stained in its lower half by water, and a plain gold ring, man-sized, with some engraving in it, on a loop of string.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The complication was of this nature: Alexey Alexandrovitch’s characteristic quality as a politician, that special individual qualification that every rising functionary possesses, the qualification that with his unflagging ambition, his reserve, his honesty, and with his self-confidence had made his career, was his contempt for red tape, his cutting down of correspondence, his direct contact, wherever possible, with the living fact, and his economy.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • …of blank forms of legal process; in skins and rolls of parchment; in paper—foolscap, brief, draft, brown, white, whiteybrown, and blotting; in stamps; in office-quills, pens, ink, Indiarubber, pounce, pins, pencils, sealing-wax, and wafers; in red tape and green ferret; in pocket-books, almanacs, diaries, and law lists; in string boxes, rulers, inkstands—glass and leaden—pen-knives, scissors, bodkins, and other small office-cutlery; in short, in articles too numerous to mention, ever…
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He does not have files, memoranda, notes, and reels of red tape.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • I was a corporal when Jelly said I was a corporal; the rest was red tape.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Authority red tape, quarantine perhaps; I was too young to know.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • I thought we might be able to cut through all the red tape in this case.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • "It’s amazing how much red tape gets cut when everyone’s rooting for one man to survive."
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The red tape of war.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • In the faraway Soviet city of Minsk, Lee Harvey Oswald has finally cleared the tangle of red tape that has prevented him from returning home.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • While Tyler had been up to his neck in red tape and carbon fiber, which he was starting to quietly loathe, the world had been dealing with a plague.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • OSHA had long been despised by the nation’s manufacturers, who considered the agency a source of meddlesome regulations and unnecessary red tape.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • It had taken an act from the U.S. State Department to bypass and countermand the red tape that would have normally resulted in an immigrant’s immediate expulsion.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • When I take a good look across the sector, I see that red tape lines almost every block, and plague patrol soldiers with gas masks and black capes stand at every street corner.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • It formed a part of this same short document; and he derived from it the remarkable fact that the sheets of foolscap paper it had devoted to the public service would pave the footways on both sides of Oxford Street from end to end, and leave nearly a quarter of a mile to spare for the park (Immense cheering and laughter); while of tape—red tape—it had used enough to stretch, in graceful festoons, from Hyde Park Corner to the General Post Office.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Did anyone tell you about Beth’s giving away her things?" asked Laurie soberly, as Amy laid a bit of red tape, with sealing wax, a taper, and a standish before him.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Red tape and outright opposition stalled Project Student.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Red tape like a pit of snakes!
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It’s only a new form of legal red tape.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The old gentleman’s eyes were wandering as he spoke, and he was thinking of something else, as he sate thrumming on his papers and fumbling at the worn red tape.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I understand that these days adopting a child involves red tape; in those days it was as simple as adopting a kitten.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • There’s red tape connected with collecting insurance.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Judge Biederman says that she is going to overlook all of the red tape for now I can see that Pattie likes the idea of red tape.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • An army that is mostly organization, red tape, and overhead, most of whose "soldiers" never fight.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And in normal circumstances everything would be dismissed as muddled red tape.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
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