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rebel against (someone or something)

To defy, resist, or revolt against someone or something. My brother rebelled against our parents a lot while he was in school, something I know he regrets now that he's an adult. A huge number of citizens have begun actively rebelling against the government's proposed legislation reforms.
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rebel at (someone or something)

To defy, resist, or revolt against someone or something. My brother rebelled at our parents a lot while he was in school, something I know he regrets now that he's an adult. A huge number of citizens have begun actively rebelling at the government's proposed legislation reforms.
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rebel without a cause

A person who fights, rebels, or protests against the established norm of society or government, without having any real or particular end goal they wish to achieve. My poor uncle always struck me as a rebel without a cause, disappearing for weeks on end, getting drunk and alienating the family, and ending up in prison more times than I can count. I think he felt like he just didn't fit in, and didn't have the emotional tools to deal with that or to ask for help from anyone else.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rebel against someone or something

to resist and revolt against someone or something. Barbara rebelled against the teachers at the school. Most young people have to rebel against authority for a while.
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rebel at someone or something

to resist and defy someone or something. It is natural for teenagers to rebel at their parents. I feel as if I have to rebel at all these rules.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a rebel without a cause

a person who is deeply dissatisfied with society in general but does not have a specific aim to fight for.
Rebel Without A Cause was the title of a US film starring James Dean , released in 1955 .
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