You can't fight city hall
(you) can't fight city hall
cliché You cannot defeat or prevail over a bureaucratic system or its rules. You might as well pay those parking tickets now because you'll never win in court. You can't fight city hall, after all.
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You can’t fight city hall
sent. You cannot fight a bureaucracy. You can’t fight city hall. Pay the parking ticket and forget it.
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can't fight City Hall, one/you/they
An ordinary person cannot overcome bureaucracy. The term is American in origin, for it is mainly in the United States that the seat of a city government is called City Hall (and has been since the late seventeenth century). The idea of combating the city bureaucracy is believed to date from the nineteenth century, when Tammany Hall was a powerful political machine that controlled the New York Democratic Party and, in effect, the city government.
you can't fight City Hall
See can't fight city hall.
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