from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, especially when oppressively complex and time-consuming.
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- n. Time-consuming regulations or bureaucratic procedures.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. official formality and delay; excessive bureaucratic paperwork.
- n. See under Red.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. needlessly time-consuming procedure
From its former use in tying British official documents.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)