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meals rejected by Ethiopians

A false, humorous expansion of the initialism MRE, which actually stands for "meal ready to eat," a (typically military) food ration pack that requires no further preparation. The joke is that the food is so unpleasant that even someone who is starving would reject it. The association of Ethiopians with starvation could be considered offensive. After 12 long months eating meals rejected by Ethiopians, I'm ready to get back to home-cooked meals.
See also: by, meal, reject

meals rejected by the enemy

A false, humorous expansion of the initialism MRE, which actually stands for "meal ready to eat" (a military ration pack that requires no further preparation). The joke is that the food is so unpleasant that it had been discarded by the enemy before being repackaged for one's own consumption. After 12 long months eating meals rejected by the enemy, I'm ready to get back to home-cooked meals in my own home.
See also: by, enemy, meal, reject

reject (someone or something) out of hand

1. To dismiss, deny, or refuse someone or something immediately and without due discussion or consideration. She's so stubborn that she just rejected my suggestion out of hand. We'd like to try some alternative treatments. They're a bit unconventional, but please don't reject them out of hand. The company rejected me out of hand because I didn't have any prior experience as a baker.
2. To refuse to accept someone as a friend, relative, or loved one without due discussion or consideration. My grandmother rejected me out of hand when I came out as gay. If someone rejects you out of hand as their friend just because of what you believe in, then that person wasn't a real friend to begin with.
See also: hand, of, out, reject
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reject someone or something out of hand

to reject someone or something without any thought or study. Fred is so contrary that they rejected him out of hand when his name came up for a committee position.
See also: hand, of, out, reject
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

meals rejected by Ethiopians

n. military rations, MRE = meal ready to eat. (Cruelly designated at a time when Ethiopians where starving to death. Implying that not even starving humans would eat MREs. That said, it is also known that such rations have been rejected by hungry people who desire more familiar food.) The reporter was embarrassed to describe the MREs as “meals rejected by Ethiopians.”
See also: by, meal, reject
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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She said political parties in the district would receive copies of the voters' roll to help in identifying the rejected voters.
Subsequently, she presented an alternate path in a bid to secure Parliamentary support for a Brexit deal, which was also rejected.
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On November 8, 2010, the Tax-payer moved the trial court to stay the arbitration proceedings and recognize the assessed value as automatically established, given the Board's failure to either accept or reject the certified appraisal within 45 days of being submitted.
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The Synod aimed to study the Eucharist, including the reception of Communion by politicians and others who publicly reject Church teaching.
Under the code, if a trustee seeks to reject a license of intellectual property, the licensee may either treat the contract as terminated or continue to perform its obligations under the contract and retain the licensed rights as they existed before the bankruptcy case.
A military prisoner brought an action challenging the policy that allows mail room personnel to reject incoming mail that contains photocopies of publications or materials that do not come directly from a publisher or commercial vendor.
For example, if a customer receives a product in April and does not reject it until September, then he or she has a weaker case, particularly if the reason for rejection is immediately apparent on delivery of the goods.
E-mail authentication will reject the forged message out of hand.
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And can one completely accept Calvinist soteriology--the "TULIP" of the Synod of Dort--and reject other aspects of Calvinism such as ecclesiology, theocratic systems of government, and Calvinistic forms of Covenant Theology?