can't fight city hall

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can't fight City Hall

Unable to overcome bureaucratic rules, as in Brad couldn't get a permit without going through channelsyou can't fight City Hall! This term transfers the seat of city government to a more general sense of bureaucracy in any sphere. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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