from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Strict observance of official formalities; a system of vexatious or tedious official routine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Strict adherence to official formalities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun strict adherence to official formalities


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red tape +‎ -ism


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  • Be Batman or Robin, but ask

    Or officials will take you to task.

    To limit escapism

    They practice red-tapism

    And make you apply for a mask.

    August 8, 2015

  • See also comments at red-tapist.

    October 27, 2016