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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.
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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.”
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The first use of this heat pipe technology will most likely be on the moon for rejecting heat from the electric generating system for powering the lunar habitat.
In rejecting the proposal, the board acknowledged that the city has indicated it will pursue condemnation of the company's water utility assets through an eminent domain proceeding before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.
filed the lawsuit in Superior Court alleging a three-year pattern of political favoritism by the city toward longtime operator Nederlander-Greek, which it claims culminated last month in the Recreation and Parks Commission rejecting both House of Blues' and Nederlander's bids, even though House of Blues asserts it submitted a more lucrative offer.
The suit contends that the school district is violating its own policy, which prohibits school officials from rejecting materials "in an arbitrary or capricious manner or in a way that discriminates against a particular viewpoint.
Members of the local International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 725, decided to strike in a vote Sunday after rejecting the proposed three-year contract.
The CAFC, in a swift and summary decision, affirmed the jury verdict and the District Court's judgment, rejecting Deere's appeal and confirming the validity of Kubota's position.
After the meeting, Golonski said he thought the offer was a public relations stunt designed to make Burbank look bad for rejecting the proposal.
Weinstein, a Brooklyn-based judge, ignored numerous federal district and appellate decisions rejecting tobacco class actions, but invited the U.
Assistant City Attorney Byron Boeckman said the order means the chief still has the option of rejecting permits provided he gives reasonable consideration to each request.
The oral ruling follows 10 consecutive federal appellate decisions rejecting similar health care cost recovery cases.
In rejecting the application, the City Council objected to plans to cut away a hillside covered with oak trees.
Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) initially rejecting key claims in the reexamination proceedings of Life Fitness' so-called "FlexDeck" patent No.
The justices said the project's environmental report was adequate, rejecting claims that the report was inadequate and failed to deal with projected traffic congestion problems.
In addition to rejecting the patent ownership claims of Staar and Chiron, the jury found that the defendants' other defenses were without merit.