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be mentioned in dispatches

To be recognized for one's bravery or heroism, as of a member of the military. Primarily heard in UK. You'll be mentioned in dispatches for saving so many men in your platoon.
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dispatch (someone or something) from (some place)

To send someone or something from one place to another. When I got their phone call, I immediately dispatched an ambulance from the nearest hospital.
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dispatch (someone or something) to (someone, something, or some place)

To send someone or something to a particular person, place, or thing. When I got their phone call, I immediately dispatched an ambulance to the scene of the crash.
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hatches, matches, and despatches

dated A phrase once used to refer to the sections of newspapers that discussed births ("hatches"), weddings ("matches)", and deaths ("despatches," a variant spelling of "dispatches"). No, those two did get married—I saw it in the hatches, matches, and despatches.
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dispatch someone from (some place)

to send someone from some place. I dispatched a messenger from here over an hour ago. A telegram will be dispatched from my office first thing in the morning.
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dispatch someone or something to someone or something

to send someone or something to someone, something, or some place. I will dispatch a new copy of the damaged book to you immediately. Gene will dispatch a messenger to you.
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send someone into something

 and send someone in
to make someone go into something or some place. George sent me into the house for a hammer. The boys know where it is. He should have sent in the boys. George sent me in.
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send something into something

 and send something in
to dispatch something, such as an order, to a company or other body making a public offer of goods. I sent the order in to the home office. I sent in the order.
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hatches, matches, and despatches

the births, marriages, and deaths columns in a newspaper. humorous, dated
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be mentioned in dispatches

be commended for your actions. British
In official military reports from the front line any soldiers who have been responsible for particular acts of bravery are commended by name.
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They wondered if the revenue lost from taking prisoners might be more than is saved by moving the dispatching services.
Spencer is not the first town to consider moving its dispatching out of town to save money.
CUTLINE: Electronic communication equipment in the State Police Regional Dispatching Center was paid for with the help of state Sen.
Among those against the dispatch, 28.6% said they were against dispatching SDF overseas, 28.2% cited poor security in Iraq and 25.6% said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq last year was unjustified.
Recently, three factors began to force a change in dispatcher training: The influx of civilian dispatchers, the specter of civil liability lawsuits, and the advent of complex computerized dispatching systems.
Each guide assists the call-taker in gathering the necessary information, as well as dispatching the correct response.
The very nature of police work keeps the everyday dispatch of police response more continuous and complex than dispatching fire apparatus or medical units, because fire and medical situations routinely are handled by field supervisors on the scene after the initial callout.
16, 2001 -- Japanese government decides on basic plan for dispatching SDF personnel based on the special antiterrorism law.
The Japanese government had been considering dispatching the 7,250-ton Kongou on an intelligence gathering mission, but now plans to suspend its dispatch in light of cautious opinions from within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the sources said.
The government has not ruled out a future dispatch of the Aegis destroyer, but is considering dispatching a separate escort ship in its place, the sources said.
A senior Defense Agency official said Thursday night, ''Dispatching the Aegis destroyer may be difficult.