dispense with (the) formalities

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dispense with (the) formalities

To not engage in the niceties or etiquette normally demanded by the social situation, such as formal introductions, because more important matters are at hand. You can dispense with the formalities, counselor—just give me an update on the situation and be on your way.
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Eventually Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto were set free for lack of evidence, but it would seem also that they began to appreciate that the Kenya justice system is corrupt and incompetent hence the radical decision to dispense with formalities and spirit the Akasha brothers out to face swift and effective justice elsewhere.And it was swift.
I don't know their names and they don't know mine; we have an unspoken understanding that we can dispense with formalities. I may have been bored in French, but I was nearly comatose in Biology, I remember nothing.
Even the show president, Tegwyn Lewis, had to dispense with formalities by organising the sheep shearing competition in the afternoon.: Ceredigion County Show results:Shire Horses Emlyn Lewis Memorial Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: W T Jones, Caerberllan, Llanfihangel, Towyn, 'Caerberllan Gift' The Abernant Perpetual Challenge Cup: Peter O Davies, Cwmcanol, Cwmsymlog, Aberystwyth, 'Symlog Bran Du' The Heys Moss Rose Perpetual Challenge Cup: Barry Matthews, Gamlyn Cottage, Aberffrwd, Aberystwyth,.