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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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"Hillhead was a success for the SDP because the west end of Glasgow wanted to buck the system, and at that time the SDP were more about bucking the system than the SNP were.
She's the one who is bucking the system and the trends, and she's feisty and independent and strong-willed, dealing with all these pressures coming from her friends and her family.
And despite fears other nations are bucking the system, she intends to put the whispers of suspicion out of her mind.
"Is it contradictory to say, 'I think newcomers really add a lot, but people who come here illegally are bucking the system, showing disrespect for the law'?"
Manitoba has the highest number of First Nations bucking the system. "Why is the government trying to force us now to file?
Andy Murray has won our respect through relentless hard work, dedication and bucking the system.
The Oscar-winning Hollywood star, who was a '50s psycho, a '60s biker, a '70s angry rebel bucking the system and an '80s cartoonish villain with raised eyebrows and a leering smile, brings out his softer side in James L Brooks' new film.
Set in 1982 Czechoslovakia, Radim Spacek's "Walking Too Fast" is a slow-burn political thriller about a secret police lieutenant bucking the system. Comparisons to "The Lives of Others" are apt, although "Walking's" unsympathetic protagonist makes the film more admirable than likable.
The author rejects the feminist position that fairy tales are essentially propaganda for paternalistic values--cautionary tales teaching women the consequences of bucking the system. She shows that while this may be true of the Disney-fied versions with which many people may be most familiar in their original forms these ancient stories are not so easily pigeon-holed.
Viewed either as an excuse for championing adolescent misbehavior, or a classic allegory about bucking the system in the name of human freedom and dignity, Gateway Players brought the heavyweight bout between Randall P.
He spent his whole life bucking the system. Born a toff, he famously gave up his inherited peerage to be an MP in the House of Commons.
Hers are all taken purposely out of focus--some are very picturesque--some merely hideous--however, she talks of them as if they were triumphs of art." For Tichy, bucking the system meant prison or a mental ward.
Independent candidates for judge have virtually no chance of bucking the system. To win the nomination, a candidate who is not backed by the bosses may need to recruit more than 100 delegate candidates to run in different districts.
MEET AL AND LYDIA, two Aussie ex-pats who've been traveling the world and bucking the system for the past three decades ...
Like Sara Evans, many of the women who contributed to this volume were Southern Methodists whose awakening to the evils of racism meant they paid a high price for bucking the system. Their stories are a moving testimony to how female mentoring and the creation of relational networks were the root source of personal empowerment and social action.