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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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Vindication is sweet, especially when a wrongfully accused defendant, in this case David Daleiden, bucks the system rather than accept a plea bargain.
Only Tom bucks the system. By the end of the week, it's obvious the so-called posh' kids are seen as nothing of the kind and Tom has even become a hit with the girls.
Patricia Cornwell may have patented the persona of the doughty heroine who bucks the system. But the protagonist in Lindsay Ashford's books is far closer to her personal demons.