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reject someone or something out of hand

to reject someone or something without any thought or study. Fred is so contrary that they rejected him out of hand when his name came up for a committee position.
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meals rejected by Ethiopians

n. military rations, MRE = meal ready to eat. (Cruelly designated at a time when Ethiopians where starving to death. Implying that not even starving humans would eat MREs. That said, it is also known that such rations have been rejected by hungry people who desire more familiar food.) The reporter was embarrassed to describe the MREs as “meals rejected by Ethiopians.”
See also: meal, reject
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Returning officer had rejected Ishaq Dar nomination papers and latter had resorted to Lahore High Court against rejection of his papers.
The court on unsatisfactory reply by the appellant rejected it.
Colorado voters rejected a new twist in the abortion battle--voting against defining "personhood" as beginning at the moment of fertilization, thereby criminalizing abortion.
To the rejected person, love is the greatest prize," says Brown.
As a result, the entire lot of material was rejected and returned.
At the administrative hearing, the IRS representative rejected the taxpayer's evidence of timely mailing of his return on the grounds the only acceptable proof was a certified or registered mail receipt.
The Anglican Church of Kenya has rejected a total of $75,000 US ($100,000 Cdn) in grants from the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) in keeping with a vow made last April by African bishops to refuse money from dioceses that allow gay men and lesbians to function as clergy.
Given the broad sweep of this provision, it should be rejected.
Board of Education have rejected three biology textbooks that they say place too much emphasis on evolution while slighting creationism.
The manufacturer puts all tires rejected by competing systems through the TTOC-II/ TSIS system, and has found that two out of every three tires rejected by the competing systems are not defective.
ROBBIE SAVAGE (Birm-ingham) - Rejected by: Manchester United; Made it at: Leicester.
They rejected Justice Powell's open-ended argument of diversity.
Plaintiff's exemplary journey through the BSA ranks is testament enough that these stereotypical notions about homosexuals must be rejected.