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 Bure (2 syl.).Burglar [burg-larron]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bureauc’racy.
 
A system of government in which the business is carried on in bureaux or departments. The French bureau means not only the office of a public functionary, but also the whole staff of officers attached to the department. As a word of reproach, bureaucracy has nearly the same meaning as Dickens’s word, red-tapeism (q.v.).   1
 


 Bure (2 syl.).Burglar [burg-larron]. 

 
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