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all systems (are) go
Everything is ready, so a certain task can proceed as planned. The phrase was popularized by the 1960s Space Race, as it was said before rockets were launched. I just checked with the boss, and all systems are go to make the announcement today. All systems go—you should be getting a call from them any minute now.
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.
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!
get (something) out of (one's) system
1. Literally, to allow one's body to process and expel something harmful or discomforting that one has ingested. You'll probably feel better once you get whatever caused the food poisoning out of your system. Sorry, I'm still really groggy. I'll be more alert when I get this medication out of my system.
2. To do something so that one no longer has the desire to do it anymore. I got drinking and partying out of my system during college. I'm ready for a quieter life now. He's been talking about skydiving for so long, I'm just glad he's finally going to get it out of his system.
it's all systems go
Things are happening at full capacity; everyone involved is very busy. It's going to be all systems go until we get this project out the door next week. With school canceled because of the snow, all four kids are here at home, so it's all systems go at the moment.
out of (one's) system
1. Expelled or excreted from one's body after a period of time. Usually said of harmful or undesirable substances or foreign bodies. Once the toxins work their way out of your system, you should start to feel the nausea subside and your energy return. I actually feel much better now that I threw up—it got a lot of the booze out of my system.
2. No longer occupying one's thoughts, attention, or desires, usually because one has done enough of it in the past. My parents actually encouraged me to date, drink, and party as much as possible in my first year of college. That way, they thought, I would get all the wild behavior out of my system and focus on my studies for the rest of my degree. Just let him scream, it's what toddlers do. As soon as it's out of his system, he'll come back to you looking for a cuddle and a kiss.
All systems (are) go.
Cliché Everything is ready. (Originally said when preparing to launch a rocket.) The rocket is ready to blast off—all systems are go. Tom: Are you guys ready to start playing? Bill: Sure, Tom, all systems go—
get something out of one's system
1. Lit. to get something like food or medicine out of one's body, usually through natural elimination. He'll be more active once he gets the medicine out of his system. My baby, Mary, ate applesauce and has been crying for three hours. She'll stop when she gets the applesauce out of her system.
2. Fig. to be rid of the desire to do something; to do something that you have been wanting to do so that you aren't bothered by wanting to do it anymore. I bought a new car. I've been wanting to for a long time. I'm glad I finally got that out of my system. I can't get it out of my system! I want to go back to school and earn a degree.
3. Fig. to do so much of something that one does not want or need to do it anymore. I got riding roller coasters out of my system when I was young.
all systems go
Everything is ready for proceeding, as in They've rented a hall and lined up the speakers, so it's all systems go for the rally. Originating in the late 1960s with reference to launching space missiles and vehicles, this expression has been transferred to general use.
out of one's system
Out of one's thoughts or inclinations. It is often put as get something out of one's system, as in You need to get your ex-husband out of your system, or At the annual all-chocolate buffet I try everything, which gets it out of my system for at least a month , or Let him complain as much as he wants so he'll get it out of his system. This idiom uses system in the sense of "all one's physical and mental functions." [c. 1900]
get something out of your system
COMMON If you get something out of your system, you say or do something that you have been wanting to for a long time, and so you begin to feel less worried or angry about it. Whatever you're feeling, when you talk about it, it gets it out of your system. If something awful happens to you at least you can write about it. I'm sure that helps to get it out of your system.
it's all systems go
You say it's all systems go to mean that people are very busy with a particular project. Work started on the indoor arena at the beginning of the year and it's now all systems go for a full programme of events over the winter. The Commonwealth has released its funds and it's all systems go. Note: This expression became popular as a result of its use during the launch of spacecraft in the United Sates in the 1960s and 1970s. It indicated that the spacecraft was functioning correctly and was ready for takeoff.
beat the systemsucceed in finding a means of getting round rules, regulations, or other means of control.
all systems goeverything functioning properly, ready to proceed.
get something out of your systemget rid of a preoccupation or anxiety. informal
1988 Erich Segal Doctors First she let her get the crying out of her system.
get something out of your ˈsystem(informal) do something so that you no longer feel a very strong emotion or have a strong desire: Tell him how angry you really feel. That’ll get it out of your system. ♢ When I was young I was obsessed with ballet, but by the time I left school I had got it out of my system.
all systems ˈgo (for something)(informal) used to say that everything is ready to begin something: The wind had dropped, the sun was shining and it was all systems go for the airshow. ♢ The campaign team are in place, so it’s all systems go!
All systems are go
sent. Everything is ready or things are going along as planned. (Borrowed from the jargon used during America’s early space exploration.) BILL: Can we leave now? Is the car gassed up and ready? TOM: All systems are go. Let’s get going.