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red tape
used in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

2 uses
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time-consuming bureaucratic procedures — especially those that seem needless
  • A man has relatives in the old country but he can't get them over here on account of a lot of red tape.
    Chapter 24 (29% in)
  • There's red tape connected with collecting insurance.
    Chapter 36 (19% in)

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