go through channels meaning

  "go through channels" in a sentence
[American idiom]
to proceed by consulting the proper persons or offices.
If you want an answer to your questions, you'll have to go through channels.
If you know the answers, why do I have to go through channels?

[American slang]
Go to go through (the proper) channels

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  1. One called Flynn's repeated failure to go through channels " incredibly flagrant ."
  2. Mellon's public relations people objected when Heathwood's people didn't go through channels before talking to the press.
  3. But when Kermit Washington tried to go through channels to inquire about a league donation, he was rebuffed, and chillingly so, by a functionary whose name he does not recall.
  4. "This was a decision that had to go through channels, a decision that had to be made by the highest levels of recommendations to the president and ultimately by the president, " she said.
  5. "This was a decision that had to go through channels, a decision that had to be made by the highest levels of recommendations to the president and ultimately by the president, " she said Wednesday.

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