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.

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Origin of city hall

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75
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British Dictionary definitions for city hall

city hall

noun

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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