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all systems (are) go

Everything is ready, so a certain task can proceed as planned. The phrase was popularized by the 1960s Space Race, as it was said before rockets were launched. I just checked with the boss, and all systems are go to make the announcement today. All systems go—you should be getting a call from them any minute now.
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beat the system

To succeed by avoiding or breaking the rules, either those of life in general or of a specific structure or organization. Primarily heard in US. Celebrities always seem to be able to beat the system and do whatever they want, no matter how ridiculous or even illegal it may be. These access cards aren't supposed to work after 9 PM, but I found a way to beat the system. If you ever scare me like that again, I'll beat the tar out of you, I swear!
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buck the system

To rebel against, avoid, or break the rules, either those of life in general or of a specific structure or organization. Why are you trying to buck the system? Just wait in line like everyone else! You're expected to be at your desk by 8 AM, so quit bucking the system and showing up late!
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get (something) out of (one's) system

1. Literally, to allow one's body to process and expel something harmful or discomforting that one has ingested. You'll probably feel better once you get that dodgy curry out of your system. Sorry, I'm still really groggy. I'll be more alert when I get this medication out of my system.
2. To do something so that one no longer has the desire to do it anymore. I got drinking and partying out of my system during college. I'm ready for a quieter life now. He's been talking about skydiving for so long, I'm just glad he's finally going to get it out of his system.
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All systems (are) go.

Cliché Everything is ready. (Originally said when preparing to launch a rocket.) The rocket is ready to blast off—all systems are go. Tom: Are you guys ready to start playing? Bill: Sure, Tom, all systems go—
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get something out of one's system

 
1. Lit. to get something like food or medicine out of one's body, usually through natural elimination. He'll be more active once he gets the medicine out of his system. My baby, Mary, ate applesauce and has been crying for three hours. She'll stop when she gets the applesauce out of her system.
2. Fig. to be rid of the desire to do something; to do something that you have been wanting to do so that you aren't bothered by wanting to do it anymore. I bought a new car. I've been wanting to for a long time. I'm glad I finally got that out of my system. I can't get it out of my system! I want to go back to school and earn a degree.
3. Fig. to do so much of something that one does not want or need to do it anymore. I got riding roller coasters out of my system when I was young.
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all systems go

Everything is ready for proceeding, as in They've rented a hall and lined up the speakers, so it's all systems go for the rally. Originating in the late 1960s with reference to launching space missiles and vehicles, this expression has been transferred to general use.
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out of one's system

Out of one's thoughts or inclinations. It is often put as get something out of one's system, as in You need to get your ex-husband out of your system, or At the annual all-chocolate buffet I try everything, which gets it out of my system for at least a month , or Let him complain as much as he wants so he'll get it out of his system. This idiom uses system in the sense of "all one's physical and mental functions." [c. 1900]
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get something out of your system

COMMON If you get something out of your system, you say or do something that you have been wanting to for a long time, and so you begin to feel less worried or angry about it. Whatever you're feeling, when you talk about it, it gets it out of your system. If something awful happens to you at least you can write about it. I'm sure that helps to get it out of your system.
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it's all systems go

You say it's all systems go to mean that people are very busy with a particular project. Work started on the indoor arena at the beginning of the year and it's now all systems go for a full programme of events over the winter. The Commonwealth has released its funds and it's all systems go. Note: This expression became popular as a result of its use during the launch of spacecraft in the United Sates in the 1960s and 1970s. It indicated that the spacecraft was functioning correctly and was ready for takeoff.
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All systems are go

sent. Everything is ready or things are going along as planned. (Borrowed from the jargon used during America’s early space exploration.) BILL: Can we leave now? Is the car gassed up and ready? TOM: All systems are go. Let’s get going.
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References in classic literature ?
At the same time that his agents were purchasing corner lots and entire blocks in the heart of the business section and the waste lands for factory sites, Day was rushing franchises through the city council, capturing the two exhausted water companies and the eight or nine independent street railways, and getting his grip on the Oakland Creek and the bay tide-lands for his dock system.
According to its capitalist system of industry, it has an unconsumed surplus that must be got rid of, and that must be got rid of abroad.
Of course, this overproduction he mentions was the profits of the capitalist system over and beyond the consuming power of the capitalists.
His system is based upon experience, but with him experience includes reflection as well as sense.
It certainly could not be refuted by a philosophy such as Kant's, in which, no less than in the previously mentioned systems, the history of the human mind and the nature of language are almost wholly ignored, and the certainty of objective knowledge is transferred to the subject; while absolute truth is reduced to a figment, more abstract and narrow than Plato's ideas, of 'thing in itself,' to which, if we reason strictly, no predicate can be applied.
For it bears on and corroborates the view which I have taken on the cause of ordinary variability; namely, that it is due to the reproductive system being eminently sensitive to any change in the conditions of life, being thus often rendered either impotent or at least incapable of its proper function of producing offspring identical with the parent-form.
The sterility of hybrids, which have their reproductive systems imperfect, and which have had this system and their whole organisation disturbed by being compounded of two distinct species, seems closely allied to that sterility which so frequently affects pure species, when their natural conditions of life have been disturbed.
Because, in the first place, if the principle of election is to be the basis of a system, absolute equality among the electors is a first requirement; they ought to be 'equal quantities,' things which modern politics will never bring about.
The less enlightened and more numerous portion would sweep away social inequalities, thanks to a system in which votes are reckoned by count and not by weight.
Given a system of particulars which is a physical object, I shall define that one of the system which is in a given place (if any) as the "appearance of that object in that place.
It is the frequency of the latter kind of change, and the comparatively simple nature of the laws governing the simultaneous alterations of appearances in such cases, that have made it possible to treat a physical object as one thing, and to overlook the fact that it is a system of particulars.
With whom am I going to work the system, allow me to ask?
That the standard of culture is falling, and that with our present relations to the peasants there is no possibility of famling on a rational system to yield a profit--that's perfectly true," said he.
In its intention, I am well convinced that it is kind, humane, and meant for reformation; but I am persuaded that those who devised this system of Prison Discipline, and those benevolent gentlemen who carry it into execution, do not know what it is that they are doing.
The perfect order of the building cannot be praised too highly, and of the excellent motives of all who are immediately concerned in the administration of the system, there can be no kind of question.