stand on ceremony

stand on ceremony

to hold rigidly to protocol or formal manners. (Often in the negative.) Please help yourself to more. Don't stand on ceremony. We are very informal around here. Hardly anyone stands on ceremony.
See also: ceremony, on, stand

stand on ceremony

insist on the observance of formalities; behave formally.
See also: ceremony, on, stand

stand on ˈceremony

(British English) behave in a very formal way: Come on — don’t stand on ceremony! Start eating or the food will get cold!
See also: ceremony, on, stand
References in classic literature ?
The soldiers round this place have orders not to stand on ceremony with any one, and by to-night I believe we are to have an escort of Marines here as well.
I can take you to a little corner in Canada where the bears don't stand on ceremony.