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red tape
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
time-consuming bureaucratic procedures — especially those that seem needless
  • 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.
    Introductory (63% in)

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