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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.
See also: dismiss, hand, of, out

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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In fact, the Davos incident is significant not because it demonstrates that Israel can be criticized, but rather because it was Turkey -- and not any other easily dismissible party -- that dared to voice such criticism.
Facing them instead will be a continuing string of sourcebooks, each a "historical artifact" in its own right (Villanueva xi), each sorting out the admissible and dismissible in new ways, each drawing a different map for newcomers to lead them through the labyrinth to a center containing no one knows exactly what.
The New Minnesinger can, in one light, be seen as a charming, easily dismissible piece of juvenilia by a minor nineteenth-century woman poet at the beginning of her career.
This is why the easily dismissible scrap of paper at the top of the Reserve Vma 984 pile is so exciting.
They reject the belief that the American Constitution can be relegated to dismissible hypocrisy.
The cultural saturation of Holocaust imagery risks turning the genocide into an easily dismissible cliche.
The much-ballyhooed bottleneck between underwriting and life sales through banks is rightly dismissible as urban legend.
NBES's proposed reauthorization language goes further, making the NCES commissioner an appointee of the IES director, though dismissible only for cause.
Until Dunsmuir, administrative law had developed the doctrine of procedural fairness by limiting its application to office holders dismissible for cause, as opposed to other employees.
He says in a letter BBC Director General Mark Thompson: "For Mr Clarkson to make light of murder must be a dismissible offence.
A dismissible fact about the people in Ashraf is that the members of the Mujahideen in that camp are protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Conventions.
The city in memory haunts the current city, forever unattainable but never completely dismissible.
When it focuses on the ideal, it becomes dismissible by you and me, living our own less-than-ideal lives.
Most embarrassingly dismissible is Hirst's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (2003), a triptych imitating a Gothic stained glass window made from thousands of butterfly wings.