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buck the system

To rebel against, avoid, or break the rules, either those of life in general or of a specific structure or organization. Why are you trying to buck the system? Just wait in line like everyone else! You're expected to be at your desk by 8 AM, so quit bucking the system and showing up late!
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buck the system

to fight against the usual way of doing something Tom spent much of his working life bucking the system, which explains why he didn't get many promotions.
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