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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The Rangers fans have decided to dispense with the formalities.
Indeed, Margaret's life was a constant battle as she attempted to dispense with the formalities of her privileged position while instinctively crushing anybody who didn't treat her with the deference she thought she deserved, according to the 35-year-old actress.
That framework would be based on pragmatism, rather than legalism; it would dispense with the formalities contained in the UN Charter and allow global rulers to operate according to a "global consensus" they define for themselves.
It's a pity that we had to dispense with the formalities of international law by attacking a sovereign state, but there we are, there just wasn't time.
Some websites dispense with the formalities and just con you.