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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An indemnity and hold harmless clause from any and all expenses incurred in the event of default may allow some courts to dispense with the formality of holding an inquest to determine the reasonableness of a requested legal fee reimbursement if the court holds that it is bound to enforce the indemnity as written.
The would-be publisher had only to get hold of a manuscript, by fair means or foul, enter it as his copy (or dispense with the formality), and have it printed.