buck the system

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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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Lt-Gen David Barno called McMaster "the rarest of soldiers - one who repeatedly bucked the system and survived to join its senior ranks".
The younger inmates bucked the system. Language and cultural barriers raised the cost of information transmission, and the drug war filled the prisons with drug addicts demanding a fix and having the connections to get it.
Cardiff thought they'd bucked the system by paying PS7.5m for Dane Andreas Cornelius last summer.
JAMES FRANCO SEEMS determined to lend his quirky charisma to the biopic of every gay or bisexual man who's ever bucked the system. After acclaimed turns as actor James Dean, Harvey Milk's lover Scott Smith, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Hart Crane, plus a cameo in the upcoming movie about the last days of Sal Mineo, next on Franco's to-do list is nonconformist, censor-defying photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
"Lariviere was fired because he bucked the system," Berdahl wrote in a column on these pages.
IT seems Artur Zmijewski always bucked the system. As a child in communist Poland he discovered that playing hooky was the best way of protesting against the status quo.
They have bucked the system. Tennis ignores the lessons of their longevity at its peril.
But Birmingham bucked the system with a major turnaround.
We successfully had bucked the system and accomplished our mission.
But Wallasey football club Delta Colts have bucked the system, and a shirt bearing their name can now be purchased from Runcorn to Rome -- thanks to the club's kit suppliers, `The Soccer Company'.
Desmond Doyle Pierce Brosnan Nick Barron Aidan Quinn Bernadette Beattie Julianna Margulies Michael Beattie Stephen Rea Evelyn Doyle Sophie Vavasseur Tom Connolly Alan Bates An unexpectedly raffish air and an atmospheric production are the hallmarks of "Evelyn," the true-life saga of an Irish father who bucked the system in 1953 to regain legal custody of his children in a groundbreaking court case.
Belle & Sebastian bucked the system when they picked up a 1999 Brit Award ahead of some of the biggest teenyboppers in the world.
His late father was originally a teacher, and his now 87-year-old mother bucked the system to become one of the first women to graduate from Vanderbilt University Law School, then becoming a divorce lawyer in Tennessee.
But TV's Reputations documentary showed Billie as a tough old broad who bucked the system and established the modern women's tennis circuit.