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lip service

The insincere verbal expression of something, especially friendship, loyalty, respect, support, etc. Used especially in the phrase "give/pay lip service to something." All of the grand promises the president made in her campaign speeches turned out to be nothing but lip service. The local council members pay lip service each year to a renewed plan to tackle homelessness, but no one ever expects them to follow through.
See also: lip, service

lip service

Verbal but insincere expression of agreement or support. It is often put as pay or give lip service , as in They paid lip service to holding an election next year, but they had no intention of doing so . [Mid-1600s]
See also: lip, service
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Often, marketers and others give lip service to privacy but in reality are threatened by tools that deliver meaningful privacy.
Although many advance care planning proponents give lip service to honoring individual preferences, in practice its pervasive focus is to 'nudge' patients to agree to forego life-saving treatment and even assisted feeding through the use of unbalanced, distorted, and even inaccurate information.
policymakers give lip service to America's own debt problem.
We give lip service to the idea of boycotts, divestment and sanctions, yet we fail to make this important tool work as we argue over petty internal issues.
The international community's credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
And America and Congress's credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
America and Congress' credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion these international norms are important.
The international community's credibility is on the line, and America and Congress's credibility is on the line, if we give lip service to the idea that these norms are important.
America and Congress' credibility is on the line, because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
The whole international community credibility is, and America and the Congress is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
Don't just give lip service to "client's best interests.
A government of national unity, backed by the army, that would give lip service to democratic institutions would be just fine.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the municipality would do well to take urgent steps to address our issues and not to just talk and give lip service.
It would be easy for Dorrans to give lip service or side-step any questions about his future, but the Scotland international's response was convincing.
Unlike Mr Brown and his Government, many of whom have no armed services experience and merely give lip service to the predicament of military injuries while standing before the Cenotaph hypocritically clutching a wreath on Remembrance Sundays with the Royal family, generals and heads of the services, these people risked their lives for their country and are now suffering service injuries too young to know their significance to future health problems.