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stand on ceremony

to hold rigidly to protocol or formal manners. (Often in the negative.) Please help yourself to more. Don't stand on ceremony. We are very informal around here. Hardly anyone stands on ceremony.
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not stand on ceremony

If you do not stand on ceremony, you act in a relaxed and informal way with someone. Do call me Amelia, dear. We don't stand on ceremony in this family.
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stand on ceremony

insist on the observance of formalities; behave formally.
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without ceremony

without preamble or politeness.
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stand on ˈceremony

(British English) behave in a very formal way: Come on — don’t stand on ceremony! Start eating or the food will get cold!
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without ˈceremony

in a very rough or informal way: He found himself pushed without ceremony out of the house and into the street.
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