buck the system

Definition of buck the system

:to oppose the rules of the system :to do things that are not allowed
  • He was always trying to buck the system.

Word by Word Definitions

buck play
  1. : a male animal

  2. : a male human being : man

  3. : a dashing fellow : dandy

  1. : butt:1

  2. : oppose, resist

  3. : to throw or dislodge (a rider) by bucking

  1. : an act or instance of bucking

  1. : an object formerly used in poker to mark the next player to deal

  2. : responsibility

  1. : of the lowest grade within a military category

  1. : stark, completely

system play
  1. : a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole : such as

  2. : a group of interacting bodies under the influence of related forces

  3. : an assemblage of substances that is in or tends to equilibrium


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