Red Tape to Reekie
Red Tape Official formality; so called because lawyers and government officials tie their papers together
with red tape. Charles Dickens introduced the phrase.
There is a good deal of red tape at Scotland Yard, as anyone may find to his cost who has any business to transact there.- W. Terrell: Lady Delmar, bk. iii. 2.Red Tape Dressing Edward VI.
First a shirt was taken up by the Chief Equerry-in-Waiting,Red Tapism The following is from Truth, Feb. 10th, 1887, p. 207:- There was an escape of gas at Cambridge Barracks, and this is the way of proceeding: The escape was discovered by a private, who reported it to his corporal; the corporal reported it to the colour-sergeant, and the colour-sergeant to the quartermaster-sergeant. The quartermaster- sergeant had to report it to the quartermaster, and the quartermaster to the colonel commanding the regiment. The colonel had to report it to the commissariat officer in charge of the barracks, and the commissariat officer to the barrack-sergeant, who had to report it to the divisional officer of engineers. This officer had to report it to the district officer of engineers, and he to the clerk of works, Royal Engineers, who sends for a gasman to see if there is an escape, and report back again. While the reporting is going on the barracks are burnt down.
Red Tincture That preparation which the alchemists thought would convert any baser metal into gold. It is sometimes called the Philosopher's Stone, the Great Elixir, and the Great Magisterium. (See White Tincture .)
Redan' The simplest of fieldworks, and very quickly constructed. It consists simply of two faces and an angle formed thus L, the angle being towards the object of attack. A corruption of redens. (Latin.)
Redder (The). The adviser, the person who redes or interferes. Thus the proverb, The redder gets aye
the warst lick of the fray.
Those that in quarrels interposeRedding-straik (A). A blow received by a peacemaker, who interferes between two combatants to red or separate them; proverbially, the severest blow a man can receive.
Said I not to ye, `Make not, meddle not;' beware of the redding-straik?- Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. xxvii.Redgauntlet The sobriquet of Fitz-Aldin, given him from the great slaughter which he made of the Southron, and his reluctance to admit them to quarter. The sobriquet was adopted by him as a surname, and transmitted to his posterity. A novel by Sir W. Scott. (See chap. viii.)
Redgauntlet A novel told in a series of letters by Sir Walter Scott. Sir Edward Hugh Redgauntlet, a
Jacobite conspirator in favour of the Young Pretender, Charles Edward, is the hero. When George III.
was crowned he persuaded his niece, Lilias Redgauntlet, to pick up the glove thrown down by the king's
champion. The plot ripened, but when the prince positively refused to dismiss his mistress, Miss Walkinshaw-
a sine quâ non with the conspirators- the whole enterprise was given up. General Campbell arrived with
the military, the prince left Scotland, Redgauntlet, who embarked with him, became a prior abroad, and
Lilias, his niece, married her brother's friend, Allan Fairford, a young advocate.
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