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jump the queue

To go ahead of someone or multiple people who have been waiting before one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I wanted to shout at the man for jumping the queue, but I was too embarrassed about making a scene. There has been public outrage after it came to light that some people had been jumping the queue for surgery appointments because they had a friend or relative working at the hospital.
See also: jump, queue

jump the queue

1 push into a queue of people in order to be served or dealt with before your turn. 2 take unfair precedence over others.
The US version of this expression is jump in line .
See also: jump, queue

jump the ˈqueue

(British English) (American English jump the ˈline, cut in ˈline) go to the front of a line of people without waiting for your turn: I get very angry with people who jump the queue. ▶ ˈqueue-jumping (British English) (American English ˈline-jumping less frequent) noun: This practice encourages queue-jumping for medical services.
See also: jump, queue
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YOUNGSTERS carrying condoms can jump the queue at several city night clubs.
Despite being allowed to jump the queue Lily, 23, was told at the American Embassy on Wednesday she faces further interrogation before being able to work there.
Dad of three Craig said: "He was like any other customer and let me jump the queue - because I only had a pint of milk to buy.
EasyJet has been allowing up to ten passengers on each of its flights from Luton to jump the queue for a pounds 10 fee.
He said Evans had been calling out to a friend to place the bet, not trying to jump the queue.
"What people tend to do is come down the outside lane of the A19 and then try and jump the queue or travel right round the roundabout, ignoring a No Right Turn and pushing in at the front of the queue."
The blueprint for a two-tier national health service means that the better-off will be able to jump the queue by paying for private health care.
The Staffordshire theme park has introduced a pounds 65 ticket that allows the privileged and wealthy to jump the queue for its popular rides.
Spurs and Liverpool are also keen and Arsenal aim to jump the queue as they believe West Ham may sell for around PS3million rather than let him go for nothing in the summer.
SHOPPERS who use their own carrier bags can jump the queue as part of a green campaign.
"I'm not saying we should jump the queue but there should be some appreciation.
And while he has a pressing mandatory defence in the pipeline with Carmello Ballone, Davies could yet jump the queue and receive the ultimate wedding present.
Unscrupulous medics then used long waiting lists to drive people into paying them privately to 'jump the queue'.
Having served on that committee for about 17 years, I have never before experienced any chairman change the printed order of speakers and applications to enable a party colleague to "jump the queue".
She wanted to jump the queue and was appallingly rude.