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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.
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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.
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And there's fear that Britain is being taken for a ride, and that new arrivals are jumping the queue for housing and swamping local people.
But the rich will be able to pay extra to get special treatment like jumping the queue for planning.
SMC consultants had been abusing a system under which they were allowed to refer their private patients for free surgery at the hospital, by jumping the queue, say officials.
There were people jumping the queue and no ground staff on duty to control the situation.
One young lady told me the council served her with eviction notice where she will have to leave her temporary accommodation by the end of this month, because she was in a hostel and she tried jumping the queue to get rehoused.
The three classmates were said to have viciously assaulted a 14-year-old girl after she accused them of jumping the queue at a Drayton Manor ride.
Gascoigne should be made to go private and spend some of his fortune instead of jumping the queue.