city hall

noun (often initial capital letters)
the administration building of a city government.
a city administration or government.
Informal. a bureaucracy or bureaucratic rules and regulations, especially that of a city government: You can't fight city hall.

1665–75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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city hall
1.  the building housing the administrative offices of a city or municipal government
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian)
 a.  municipal government
 b.  the officials of a municipality collectively
3.  informal (US) bureaucracy

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Example sentences
So far no check has been received by the tax department at city hall.
In the background looms the pastry cook's bulk of the city hall.
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