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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
An Americanism dating back to 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her statue with uplifted tomahawk stands in front of the city hall.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • Billy's "office," as he called it, was on the ground-floor of the city hall.

  • They reached the city hall at last, but even then, the mayor was not allowed to get out.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • One would not imagine that it was less than six miles to the city hall.


    Christopher Morley
  • That city hall the Germans left standing in all its majesty and beauty.

British Dictionary definitions for city hall

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for city hall

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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