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beat the system

To succeed by avoiding or breaking the rules, either those of life in general or of a specific structure or organization. Primarily heard in US. Celebrities always seem to be able to beat the system and do whatever they want, no matter how ridiculous or even illegal it may be. These access cards aren't supposed to work after 9 PM, but I found a way to beat the system. If you ever scare me like that again, I'll beat the tar out of you, I swear!
See also: beat, system