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confused, rigorous, or meaningless procedure

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rigmarole - bother

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Situations that require you to become involved in unnecessarily complex processes or excessive bureaucracy in order to resolve them or achieve an objective can be called ‘rigamarole’. It is typically a source of great frustration and can make things laborious to the point that you wish to avoid having to do them. The term is always used disapprovingly.

Synonyms nonsense
Antonyms lax,forthright

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  1. We’re having to go through the whole rigmarole of due diligence before the agreement between the two companies can be officially signed.

  2. I decided not to pursue legal action against my neighbour because I couldn’t face going through the rigamarole of a protracted court case.

  3. The passport office lost my application, so now I’m going to have to go through all that rigamarole again!

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