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jump the queue

To go ahead of someone or multiple people who have been waiting before one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I wanted to shout at the man for jumping the queue, but I was too embarrassed about making a scene. There has been public outrage after it came to light that some people had been jumping the queue for surgery appointments because they had a friend or relative working at their hospital.
See also: jump, queue

jump the queue

1 push into a queue of people in order to be served or dealt with before your turn. 2 take unfair precedence over others.
The US version of this expression is jump in line .
See also: jump, queue

jump the ˈqueue

(British English) (American English jump the ˈline, cut in ˈline) go to the front of a line of people without waiting for your turn: I get very angry with people who jump the queue. ▶ ˈqueue-jumping (British English) (American English ˈline-jumping less frequent) noun: This practice encourages queue-jumping for medical services.
See also: jump, queue
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The Welsh were the most likely to jump the queue, at 40%, followed by stressed-out Londoners at 35%.
With only 200 made daily and queues round the block for them, it's no surprise cheeky celebs try to jump the queue.
JESSIE J insists she would never have entered a talent show like the X Factor to jump the queue to stardom.
South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes are getting tough with people who jump the queue for council and housing association homes.
Those lucky enough to find one will jump the queue and save themselves pounds 35 on the door for the evening.
In a statement released on the club website yesterday, Cardiff City apologised for the delays but blamed the queuing problems on rogue supporters trying to jump the queue.
HOSPITAL bosses are urging NHS heart patients to jump the queue at pounds 15,000 a time.
And they say he was allowed to jump the queue and opt for early release on the electronic tagging system.
MOBILE giants O2 say they have helped more than a million people jump the queue for tickets to see stars such as Kylie Min ogue.
The idea for a designer barbers was dreamt up by owner Leanne Martin and as well as luxurious surrounds, customers will be able to watch plasma screen TVs while they wait or pay for preferential treatment and jump the queue.
A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Royal Infirmary denied that a two-tier system is designed to allow wealthy patients to jump the queue.
30am in Manchester yesterday as gadget fans tried to jump the queue before the phones went on sale at 8am.
These parents not only manage to jump the queue ahead of those who follow the placements scheme, but also train their children to lie all through primary school about their address.
From pushy parents who will bribe an elf to jump the queue through to grouchy Santas keen to just get through the day this is a great backstage look at the Christmas industry.
Phillips warned racial tensions were being fuelled by a common belief that immigrants unfairly jump the queue for council and housing association homes.