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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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you can dispense with (something)

You can stop doing or get rid of something. You're still not allowed to borrow my car Saturday night, and you can dispense with the attitude. The library dispenses with its normal operating hours during finals week and instead stays open 24 hours.
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dispense with (something)

To stop doing or eliminate something. You're still not allowed to borrow my car Saturday night, and you can dispense with the attitude. The library dispenses with its normal operating hours during finals week and instead stays open 24 hours.
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dispense with someone or something

to get rid of someone or something; to brush someone or something aside. I think we will dispense with that subject for the rest of the day. We will have to dispense with the expensive gifts this year.
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dispense with

1. Manage without, forgo, as in We can dispense with the extra help. Shakespeare had this idiom in Timon of Athens (3:2): "Men must learn now with pity to dispense." [c. 1600]
2. Get rid of, do away with, as in The European Union is trying to dispense with tariff barriers. [Late 1500s]
3. Exempt one from a law, promise, or obligation, as in He asked the court to dispense with swearing on the Bible. This usage originally applied to religious obligations (to which the Pope granted dispensation). [Early 1500s]
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dispense with

To get rid or do away with something; forgo something: The restaurant dispensed with its dress code in order to appeal to a younger crowd.
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Significantly, these two exceptions to the DEA rule also allow for greater than a 72-hour supply to be dispensed in the home and nursing home settings, thereby allowing the Rx to cover as long a period of time as is medically indicated.
This Pharmacy for the Future platform, complemented by a network of 58,000 chain and independent retail pharmacies nationwide, serves as the pressure relief valve for the tremendous volume of medications being dispensed daily in this country," said Bob Blyskal, executive vice president, Operations and Technology, Medco Health.
More than 1,900 different medicines are capable of being dispensed from the pharmacy's automated drug dispensing station, where 20 high-speed processors use more than 41,000 control points to ensure the right tablet or capsule reaches the right bottle in the right quantity.
Prescriptions can be received, dispensed, packed with customized patient literature, posted and loaded on the mail truck in less than 25 minutes; 99 percent of all prescriptions received are filled and posted for delivery within 24 hours.
IMS HEALTH (NYSE:RX) today announced the launch of MIDAS Dispensed RX, a comprehensive strategic pharmaceutical marketing tool that tracks both the volume and value of prescription drugs dispensed in the pharmacies of leading pharmaceutical markets worldwide.
Delivering continuous insights into the drivers of market demand, MIDAS Dispensed RX enables pharmaceutical decision-makers to more easily compare and contrast dispensing trends among countries, as well as to quickly react to local market changes.
Maguire argues that for Process Control to have obtained such poor results on the Maguire, it must have by-passed the mix cycle altogether and just let dispensed material pour through the blender.
The valve is fully open until 80-90% of target weight is dispensed, then it feathers open and shut rapidly until the target is reached.
The CAMALOT division of Speedline Technologies provides an optional weight control system on its liquid dispensing systems that enables electronics assembly manufacturers to accurately measure the amount of dispensed liquid materials used to protect electronic packages such as flip chips, chip scale packages, and ball grid array devices.
Golden, a senior scientist at Microbar, points out that "it is crucial that fresh and particle-free low-k material is dispensed in a repeatable and quantitative fashion onto the wafer surface".
An operator can dial in pump-stroke adjustments to regulate pigment concentration and total amount of material dispensed into the mold.
A joint effort between a resin supplier, a processor and one of the country's Big Three auto makers has led to an unusual achievement in robotically dispensed, formed-in-place silicone gasketing on a nylon timingbelt cover assembly that helps reduce under-the-hood noise.