paper curtain


paper curtain
noun
: an intangible barrier resulting from much red tape

paper curtain of passport procedure — Countryman

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paper curtain,
U.S. an obstacle consisting of red tape and bureaucratic indirection, especially one set up by a governmental body to restrict or prevent the free flow of information and maintain secrecy: »

a paper curtain hampering the issue of visitors' permits.


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