An example of red tape is when you have to fill out tons of annoying forms just to get a driver's license.
- official forms and routines
- too great attention to regulations and routine, resulting in delay in getting business done
Origin of red tapefrom the tape commonly used to tie official papers
Origin of red tapeFrom its former use in tying British official documents.
- Thought to allude to the former practice of binding government documents in red-coloured tape