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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.
See also: hand, of, out, reject

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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j = 1 for attractive interaction, j = -1 for rejective interaction, j = 0 for [f.
Using equation (3a), this basic state can be formulated for a two-particle system of the same charge (applying j = -1 for the rejective [I.
When I wrote them I was rejective of that kind of life and now I am more tolerant.
A dose dependent increase in the rejective behaviors was observed in the females treated with the extract: the difference both in the number of the behaviors and in the percentage of rats exhibiting this effect was found statistically significant in comparison with vehicle group after the administration of the highest dose of the extract (p <0.
Such desirable unified formulation would continuously relate to each other the irregularity parameters of a pole (electromagnetism), a non-contact cluster (gravity), a contact-range cluster (strong force), a cluster-to-pole (weak force), and other yet unknown interactions such as rejective gravity.