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dismiss (someone or something) as (something)

To reject someone or something by viewing or designating it in a particular way. The studio may dismiss me as a dumb blonde, but I'll show them how versatile an actress I can be! The candidate dismissed the negative report about him as a total fabrication.
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dismiss (someone or something) out of hand

1. To reject, deny, or refuse to listen to someone or something right away, without due discussion or consideration. She's so stubborn that she just dismissed my suggestion out of hand. We'd like to try some alternative treatments. They're a bit unconventional, but please don't dismiss them out of hand. The police dismissed me out of hand when I went to report the crime.
2. To terminate someone's employment without due discussion or consideration. The company dismissed him out of hand when it came to light that he had been accepting bribes. The senator dismissed her aide out of hand for what she said to the press.
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dismiss someone

(from something ) (for something) to discharge someone from employment for some reason; to fire someone from a job for some cause. We will have to dismiss him from employment for absenteeism. She was dismissed from the bank for making many errors in one month.

dismiss something as something

to put something out of one's mind or ignore something as something. (The second something can be a noun or an adjective.) I dismissed the whole idea as foolishness. It was not possible to dismiss the whole matter as a one-time happening. Molly dismissed the whole event as accidental.
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Lott was less harsh in his appraisal, although he also predicted the motion to dismiss would be defeated.
That means the prosecutors must win three votes, including a vote to dismiss, before the first witness is called.
In arguing to dismiss the special circumstance allegation, Asher contended Clark went beyond his duty to check on Tuffree, who told Clark at his kitchen window that he wanted to be left alone.
Employment discrimination complaint On March 29, 1999, the Board filed a motion to dismiss the action.
On December 7, 1998, the Board filed a motion to dismiss the petition.
On March 2, 1998, the Board filed a motion to dismiss the action.