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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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I also organised the CET accreditation on behalf of the ABDO low vision committee to deliver a low vision taster day for dispensing opticians.
A bulk dispenser offering peristaltic pump and syringe dispensing in one unit, coupled with automation and stacking compatibility, provides unlimited flexibility in assay type and increases throughput for medium-to high-throughput laboratories.
Variable-ratio DeltaRim impingement-mixing RIM machinery for RTM and SRIM dispensing at 40 to 240 lb/min.
Section 2: To determine and plot a dispensing process using a non-calibrated dispensing program (constant line speed) and a calibrated dispensing program (variable line speed).
SP Station is a compact interactive device for manually dispensing medications.
Consistent dispensing weight improves process capability while ensuring higher UPH (units per hour)," said Akira Morita, business development manager at Nordson ASYMTEK.
The lightweight SEMCO 1250 battery-powered aerospace sealant dispensing tool by PPG is easier to use than traditional manual and pneumatic applicators and dispenses at faster rates.
For example, for an individual PCB or workpiece being processed, one pump head might be dispensing tiny adhesive dots 300[micro]m in diameter to hold very small passive or chip components onto the assembly, while the other head is performing an encapsulation operation on a wire-bonded chip, or applying a selective coating.
GSE Dispensing is one of the world leader of gravimetric dispensing solutions for the graphics, textile and coating markets.
Earlier this year ABDO member Richard Harsant suggested that the word 'Dispensing' be dropped from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.
The requirement for intermediate dilution plates is eliminated by the dynamic range of volumes dispensed (six orders of magnitude), sciSWIFT disposable pen technology enables preparation, storage, sonication and dispensing of precious reagents in one integrated device.
The manual Tip-Seal Kiss dispense valve is said to be ideal for dispensing low- and high-viscosity one-component adhesive and sealant materials such as silicone or polyurethane materials.
Systems include dispensing gun and chemicals packaged in pressurized tanks.
Underfill dispensing has now evolved so that dispense time represents a very small portion of the total process time.
Keeping scheduled drugs secure is a multifaceted, ongoing process that begins with proper ordering and dispensing, and extends to careful monitoring, accountability and a heightened level of awareness.