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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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you can dispense with (something)

You can stop doing or get rid of something. You're still not allowed to borrow my car Saturday night, and you can dispense with the attitude. The library dispenses with its normal operating hours during finals week and instead stays open 24 hours.
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dispense with someone or something

to get rid of someone or something; to brush someone or something aside. I think we will dispense with that subject for the rest of the day. We will have to dispense with the expensive gifts this year.
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dispense with something

1. to free of something unwanted People who believe we can dispense with government services don't realize how much they need them.
2. to not use something We dispensed with our second car and have saved a lot of money.
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dispense with

1. Manage without, forgo, as in We can dispense with the extra help. Shakespeare had this idiom in Timon of Athens (3:2): "Men must learn now with pity to dispense." [c. 1600]
2. Get rid of, do away with, as in The European Union is trying to dispense with tariff barriers. [Late 1500s]
3. Exempt one from a law, promise, or obligation, as in He asked the court to dispense with swearing on the Bible. This usage originally applied to religious obligations (to which the Pope granted dispensation). [Early 1500s]
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dispense with

To get rid or do away with something; forgo something: The restaurant dispensed with its dress code in order to appeal to a younger crowd.
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a publicly traded international organization manufacturing a complete range of dispensing products including aerosol valves, spray pumps, lotion pumps and plastic closures for use in the household, fragrance, personal care, industrial, automotive and pharmaceutical markets.
The addition of the Sure-Med(R) Dispensing Center extends a line of products that includes Expansion Cabinets -- which allow storage capacity to be configured to meet individual needs -- and software programs that add further capabilities to the system.
Mass Flow Control and Calibrated Process Jetting control the critical aspects of the fluid dispensing process in a closed feedback loop.
Asymtek is the leader in the China dispensing market," said Frank Wang.
We congratulate the Asymtek team that designed and created the dual-lane dispensing system.
Mahar Tool Supply has five customers using DispenseSource's Smart Inventory Solutions, which include inventory management software and point-of-use (POU) dispensing technology.
Two mix-head styles available:linear for closed molds, and UL for splash-free dispensing into open molds.
There is no more reputable or innovative dairy producer than Steuben Foods," says Greg Abbott, founder and chairman of International Dispensing Corporation.
Under his leadership, Asymtek has become a leading supplier of precision automated dispensing equipment for the semiconductor, medical, automotive and electronic packaging industries since he co-founded the company in 1983.
Asymtek announces the Axiom(TM) X-1022 Dual-Lane dispensing system to maximize throughput during multi-pass underfill operations.
Dispensing technology for medical manufacturing is highlighted in this color pamphlet.
Innovations in dispensing hardware and module design enables reconfiguration in the field as business processes and production needs change, eliminating the time and cost typically required to return hardware for reconfiguration.
Nordson also supplies robots and 3D motion-control tables required for precise product placement, ink dispensing, and laser manipulation in low- to medium-volume operations.
This firm solves mixing and dispensing problems with its complete line of dispensing equipment, according to this four-page, color brochure.