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buck the system

buck the system

Date: Jun 12 2008

Themes: Pop Culture, School

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Life in high school sucks. I bucked the system. I also got lucky. “

- Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong on not finishing high school. (Rolling Stone)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

choose to not follow the rules

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Have you heard of a bucking bronco? It’s a crazy, wild horse that is difficult to ride because it keeps trying to throw you off.

Some people are sort of like that. They don’t want to cooperate or do what’s expected of them. Sometimes people who buck the system end up in jail or on drugs. Other times it works out well for them. A lot of rich and famous people got where they are by bucking the system.

Billie Joe Armstrong dropped out of high school. He bucked the system and did things his own way, and he wound up becoming a rock star. But he knows that he was very lucky. A lot of people who don’t finish high school are miserable and poor because they chose to buck the system.

The system generally refers to any sort of large organization or tradition. If you start a company and do things differently than all the other companies in the industry, you’re bucking the system. When a boy does things differently than his parents would like, he’s bucking the system too.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“You can go through life bucking the system, or you can change a little and make things easier for yourself.”

“My uncle is always bucking the system. He doesn’t pay taxes or have a driver’s license.

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

getchar Not moving along with something as the usual way.
by getchar
abuhaseeb it is to fight against the usual way of doing something
by abuhaseeb
It means "opposing rules or authority"..
by soporificmusic
ciciel Billie fought against the the usual way of dropping our of high school. (so I guess "bucked the system" means to do something to fignt the ususal way.) he is lucky indeed for his great band Green Day.
by ciciel
juliebabe to buck the system is to disagree and get angry towards it
by juliebabe
Pavlionka to oppose the system, to rebel
by Pavlionka
epicatin Don't follow the rules.
by epicatin
nada161284 to fight against the usual way of doing something
by nada161284
mana-gh to oppose something in a direct way!
by mana-gh
redone007 to fight against the usual way of doing something
by redone007
Mandy-chou DIDN'T FOLLOW THE ROUTINE THE SCHOOL SUGGEST
by Mandy-chou
bucked the system=opposed rules or authority
by musicalmaniac
katara It means to fight against the normal way of doing something.
by katara
jana.czech decide not to participate in an activity (or a way of doing things) that is considered normal and that the majority accepts and does.
by jana.czech
dofkele15 he don't pay attention to the school rules
by dofkele15
to oppose rules and be disobedient.
by Ala'a hamadeh

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liv kokz

liv kokz

Greece

Be the minority and never let anyone dictate you in order to be accepted from the excisting society.

11:47 AM Jun 22 2009 |

liv kokz

liv kokz

Greece

Heyyy.I think I couldn't agree more!Finally someone who used 2 b different!

11:42 AM Jun 22 2009 |

alvinron

alvinron

Germany

Nice explination

04:28 PM Jun 28 2008 |

棠落丫

棠落丫

China

to do things that are stange to others

12:53 PM Jun 17 2008 |

Cayra

Cayra

Dominican Republic

Sometimes I feel like to bucking the system or so.. But I can’t… But like Mr. Pmosh said depend of what kind of “system”, hehehe.

05:00 AM Jun 16 2008 |

Elendrina

Italy

bucking the system is not always negative though it takes courage and firm conviction,but worth to live with what is right.

10:46 AM Jun 14 2008 |

Mr. Pmosh

Mr. Pmosh

Dominican Republic

It’s not always wrong buck the system, specially when you know the system is not doing the right thing. Fight for your ideas, or at least clear them.

08:24 PM Jun 13 2008 |

Duran-198523

China

bucking the systerm need bravey and fate,it can’t be copied!you do things differently one thousand time ,maybe thousand results are waiting for you!

02:01 PM Jun 13 2008 |

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