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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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city hall


the building housing the administrative offices of a city or municipal government
mainly US and Canadian
  1. municipal government
  2. the officials of a municipality collectively
US informal bureaucracy
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