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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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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.
How can Ian Brady jump the queue in A&E when there are good people dying on trolleys and in ambulances waiting for a bed?
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.
She wanted to jump the queue and was appallingly rude.
Reid labelled Conservative health policy 'offensive, repellent and repulsive' and said it would use taxpayers' money to subsidise the well-off to jump the queue by going private.
Sadly, none of the offers -so far as we can see -enable visitors to jump the queue at the renowned Eden Project.
The Welsh were the most likely to jump the queue, at 40%, followed by stressed-out Londoners at 35%.
The Welsh were the most likely to jump the queue, at 40 per cent, followed by stressed-out Londoners at 35 per cent.