Red tape (bureaucracy)

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I must say I read just about all posts here on W.R about this topic and I did lots of searching, but I'm still not sure about "red tape" (= the steps, procedure, or routine of a bureaucracy that delays or prevents action - W.R Dictionary) in the examples (context) below. My question: Does "red tape" sound natural/correct in the examples I made below?

a. There should be less red tape in Brazil.
b. There is too much red tape in Brazil.
c. Red tape holds the country back.

Thank you in advance!
  • elroy

    Imperfect Mod
    US English/Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    I think they all sound okay. "Red tape" is basically a colloquial synonym for "bureaucracy."


    Senior Member
    British English
    Xavier, I'm curious about why you think there's something wrong with "... red tape in Brazil ...". It's no different from saying "... bureaucracy in Brazil ...".
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