dispense with (the) formalities

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dispense with (the) formalities

To not engage in the niceties or etiquette normally demanded by the social situation, such as formal introductions, because more important matters are at hand. You can dispense with the formalities, counselor—just give me an update on the situation and be on your way.
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Even the show president, Tegwyn Lewis, had to dispense with formalities by organising the sheep shearing competition in the afternoon.