beat the system

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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. 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.
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beat the system

to get what you want by not following the usual rules If you have money and know the right people, you have a much better chance of beating the system. Ellen always has some scheme that she thinks will help her beat the system.
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