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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.
Origin of city hall
1665-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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city hall

the building housing the administrative offices of a city or municipal government
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. municipal government
  2. the officials of a municipality collectively
(US, informal) bureaucracy
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city hall

noun phrase

The political powers and their haunts; those who control purse strings and patronage: see how city hall reacts (1890s+)

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you can't fight city hall

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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