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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

succeed in finding a means of getting round rules, regulations, or other means of control.
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Bolt added that it is a way of beating the system. ( ANI )
Allegations that the exam has been getting easier have dogged the GCSE for many years, even if in reality teachers and pupils were just getting better at 'beating the system'.
SOME probably see themselves as enterprising individuals who are beating the system.
WHILE the Government still whines on about the difficulty of eliminating the horror of the mixed sex hospital wards (I wonder how many ministers ever tolerated staying in one), there seems to be one way of beating the system. Just tell the health bureaucrats that you're a former wartime sailor who is carer for his frail wife.
Brown might be offering the youth of Brockton, but Beating the System 101 seems likely to be high on the list.
Beating the system will allow us to recognize that tradition is something to build on, not rest on.