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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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Thus, even if the values of central groups of the organization support traditional societal mores, a modernizing department or clique may develop an opposing subculture, or a traditional clique may oppose the rejective values of the dominant power-holders in the organization.
The pattern of variation by country is noteworthy in that there appear to be both isomorphic and rejective tendencies at the national level.
Means which were at least 1 point (on a range of 15) above or below the sample average were coded as isomorphic (I) or rejective (R), depending on their relationship to our hypothesized national values.
Cluster 3 of the US sample contained 10 isomorphic and no rejective means in a cluster of 25 out of 100 questionnaires.
It is significant that the clusters displaying the most systematic opposition are also those most clearly isomorphic or rejective. This suggests that the main axis of reciprocal opposition in India and the USA, at least, is modernizing business culture versus its more emotionally and politically charged opposite.
The Brazilian data contain a somewhat similar set of isomorphic and rejective clusters, but much less indication of reciprocal opposition.
Cluster 1 has six rejective versus three isomorphic means.
However, one of these clusters tends toward isomorphism; seven means are isomorphic while only three are rejective. The other two contain five rejective means each, versus four and six isomorphic means respectively.
The oppositional clusters from India and the USA were also strongly isomorphic with or rejective of local cultures, suggesting that reciprocal opposition in the organization cultures studied centred on conformity to or differentiation from national culture.
The modernizing cluster was also the strongly rejective half of the reciprocally opposed clusters (4 and 5) in India and the strongly isomorphic half of the reciprocally opposed clusters (3 and 4) in the USA.
Using equation (3a), this basic state can be formulated for a two-particle system of the same charge (applying j = -1 for the rejective [I.sub.1] and [I.sub.2]).
The rejective acceleration at that point, where the particles move parallel to each other, is perpendicular to their motion and reduced to:
[8.] Schon, D., Educating the Rejective Practitioner, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1987.