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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

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

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
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The common attitude about rejects can be summarized as follows: "I don't care about rejects, just get rid of them
I could reject your offer based on the fact that you must be totally and insultingly ignorant of my work as a poet, which strives to stand against all that you and your client represent.
If the buyer wrongfully rejects the goods or revokes acceptance, the seller has a number of recourses, including withholding delivery, reselling the goods, canceling the contract or (infrequently) recovering the entire price of the contract if resale of the goods has not been possible.
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The industry surveys show that although half of LTCI companies automatically reject applications from all people with MS, an equal number will consider them, on a case-by-case basis.
The reject handling equipment encompasses four ANDRITZ Reject Compactors ReCo that will compact rejects to the required dryness needed for further processing.
If we accept the state return, but the IRS rejects the federal return, don't retransmit the state return," said Beach.
The problem was a complete inability to produce acceptable parts--a 100% reject rate.
The tie between fractionation and reject thickening was also examined in this study.
Ironically, in attempting to identify our mentality, Hansen has put his finger on that which we reject.
Indeed, according to Loader, at stake is the ability to reject thoroughly oppressive social values that the biblical writers themselves were captive to.
Now, by using the Reviewing toolbar (see exhibit 8, page 74), the originator can accept or reject changes reviewers made.
Oates and Goelzer's views and demonstrate that Congress intended not to reject, but to adopt, the definitional guidance set forth in the SEC's 2000 auditor independence rule--including the rule's definitional exceptions for tax services.
Her parents, Dennis and Lorie Nixon, who have 11 other children and reject medical treatment for their family on religious grounds, argued unsuccessfully in lower courts that Shannon was a "mature minor" and had a constitutional right to privacy not to seek medical care.