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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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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.
Davidson, MP for Glasgow South West, said he believed some immigrants were "effectively jumping the queue".
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.
HOMELESS incomers from England are jumping the queue for council houses while locals languish for years on waiting lists, a councillor has claimed.
DON Givens is jumping the queue to become the first full-time manager of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team.
Gascoigne should be made to go private and spend some of his fortune instead of jumping the queue.