Definition of jump the queue in US English:

jump the queue

phrase

British
  • Cut in line.

    • ‘When we found someone to explain our situation, we were at first told to jump the queue, and then told that we would not make our flight.’
    • ‘Any person who tries to jump the queue by smiling, gesturing or otherwise trying to attract the bar person's attention will receive nothing except a polite smile in reply.’
    • ‘Angry music fans were unable to buy tickets for the U2 concert in Manchester next year after a gang of up to 50 men jumped the queue.’
    • ‘At one point the farmers got to fighting on the doorstep when one of them tried to jump the queue.’
    • ‘Richard Kelly, prosecuting, said fists and hands flailed in a Chelmsford fish and chip shop early in the morning of December 21 when the three thought a man had jumped the queue.’
    • ‘A woman contacted police after she was punched in the face by a shopper claiming she had jumped the queue.’
    • ‘To be honest, if someone came into the loos and asked politely to jump the queue, I would rarely refuse.’
    • ‘If you've never been there before, just follow the sign, don't jump the queue and order your drink politely.’
    • ‘We realised when they started shouting that we must have jumped the queue, so Mark waved the taxi on rather than getting in.’
    • ‘Things get even more unbelievable when I am met by a minder at the airport and get to jump the queue to get my passport checked and suitcase scanned.’