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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

queue up (for something)

To get into a line to wait (for something). Sometimes also modified by "for (some amount of time)" immediately after "queue up." Primarily heard in UK. I hate having to queue up so early just to get tickets. The new restaurant has already become a huge success, with people queuing up for hours for a seat each night. We queued up for a chance to meet the author.
See also: queue, up

queue up (for something)

to line up for something. (*Typically British.) We had to queue up for tickets to the play. You must queue up here to get in.
See also: queue, up

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

queue up

1. To form an ordered sequence or line; line up: The patrons queued up outside the theater. The customers queued up at the ticket booth.
2. To order some set of things to deal with them in sequence; line up something: Queue up the children, and I'll serve them lunch. We'll queue the applicants up and interview them one at a time.
See also: queue, up
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The derived models are used to investigate the effect of the number of mesh routers, average arrival rate, and load in the system on the queuing delay and average queue length of VoIP packets in a WMN.
The study recommends that retailers review their front-end mix to ensure that top-selling items are carried both in the queuing lines and at the racks of the cash registers.
Also, rationing by queuing is subject to more serendipity, with the competitive rules less clear and more subject to gaming (for example, cutting in line under the pretense that a friend was saving the place for you) than is the case when rationing is done by price.
Virtual queuing addresses customer satisfaction because waiting on hold is a major source of customer complaints.
However, applications modified to take advantage of queuing will see the best performance improvements.
For most people maths is a no-go area and someone like myself has quirkiness associated with them, whether it be because of the queuing or another branch of mathematics.
While public manners continue to deteriorate, queuing remains an unimpeachable routine.
Combining the ability to act on packet information with queuing and buffering techniques similar to ATM-based systems, and traffic parameters on aggregated ATM circuits, IP-intelligent concentrators deliver the service quality each traffic type requires, for every user.
AKRON, Ohio -- Virtual Hold Technology[R], LLC (VHT), the leading provider of virtual queuing solutions, today announced that the company has received a new patent from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in Quebec.
After queuing for 40 minutes and then getting to the front of the queue, we were promptly told by the rudest woman I have ever met that we were in the wrong queue and had to queue again because we had the wrong colour tickets
Britons have finally admitted what the rest of the world has known for a long time -we're a nation obsessed with queuing.
AKRON, Ohio -- Contact centers should try a virtual queuing tool, according to the recent "Call Center Management Review: 2006 Contact Center Customer-Facing Technologies Survey Report.
QUEUING is a great British tradition - but one which wastes, on average, six months out of each person's life.
AKRON, Ohio -- Virtual Hold Technology[R], LLC (VHT), the leading provider of virtual queuing solutions, today announced that the Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE) has implemented the Virtual Hold[TM] solution at their contact centers in Missouri and Illinois.
AKRON, Ohio -- Virtual Hold Technology[R], LLC (VHT), the leading provider of virtual queuing solutions, today announced that it will be presenting for the Atlanta, Georgia chapter of SOCAP (Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals).