work through channels

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work through channels

To follow the proper bureaucratic procedures and hierarchies of authority in order to do something. I know the whole system is horribly convoluted, but you'll have to work through channels if you want to appeal the decision. The politician promised that she was working through channels in Washington to overhaul the tax code for lower- and middle-class workers.
See also: channel, through, work

work through channels

Fig. to try to get something done by going through the proper procedures and persons. You can't accomplish anything around here if you don't work through channels. I tried working through channels, but it takes too long. This is an emergency.
See also: channel, through, work