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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.
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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
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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.
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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(11) Specifically in patients with high clinical suspicion for infection, the evaluation of a biopsy for rejection should be done with great caution; in certain situations it might not even be possible to definitely ascribe histologic findings to rejection.
These are rejections that send you away while leaving you intact.
Many researches have been carried out on body image and life satisfaction, body image and rejection sensitivity, but to best of our knowledge none have been carried out on body image, life satisfaction and rejection sensitivity.
'Concealment of strange agro-produce in a consignment of certified commodity concealment of an uncertified agricultural item in the consignment of certified produce earns total rejection.
Their participant, "Mary," was a young college student who had scored high on rejection sensitivity but didn't show any signs of personality pathology.
I know the sting of rejection from an alcoholic father who would not get sober to save his family.
More recently this topic of desk rejection was discussed in detail on the WAME list serve.6 The discussion was initiated by Mary Ellen Kerans from Spain who put forward three questions and sought opinion from other editor colleagues.
According to Natera, its organ transplant rejection assay is designed to detect active allograft rejection in patients who have undergone kidney transplantation.
This behaviour is dictated by a fear of rejection rather than a concern for fairness.
Recent refinements have reduced but not abolished biopsy-associated complications; however, sampling errors, poor reproducibility in interpretation, and the focal characteristic of the inflammatory process of rejection pose additional problems leading to the need of multiple samples to increase diagnostic accuracy (4).
ISLAMABAD -- Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday filed an appeal with the appellate tribunal challenging the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-53 constituency.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi challenged on Friday the rejection of his nomination papers in Islamabad's Appellate Tribunal of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi challenged on Friday the rejection of his nomination papers in Islamabads Appellate Tribunal of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani.
LAHORE -- A Lahore High Court appellate tribunal on Tuesday dismissed appeals of two candidates against rejection of their nomination papers by the returning officers.