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give/pay lip service to something

to say that you agree with and support an idea or plan but not do anything to help it to succeed The company pays lip service to the notion of racial equality but you look around you and all you see are white faces.
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The Charities Commission issues guidance on what constitutes public benefit and charities cannot therefore just pay lip service to this requirement.
Too often public consultations pay lip service to the views of people with organisations behind them really only interested in getting the outcome they want - the recent M4 Relief Road announcement is a perfect example of that.
We may pay lip service to being a Christian country.
What is shocking and deplorable is that governments have largely chosen to only pay lip service to the problem and those organisations putting legitimate tickets up for sale have not come up with a technological foolproof block to stop this multiple buying.
They will pay lip service to the fans but the fact remains that everything that happens on and off the pitch is down to commercial decisions.
Don''t just pay lip service to buying British, it''s up to the Government to ensure we support British.
Don''''t just pay lip service to buying British, it''''s up to the Government to ensure we support British.
The Government pay lip service to cutting down alcoholism.
Is it apathy on behalf of both parties or is it they only pay lip service to safety, unless, of course, an accident occurs and
Most farmers pay lip service to animal welfare, the transport of live animals is a national disgrace, which the farming unions turn a blind eye to.
AN old Japanese custom (we think)' FANS pay lip service to their Brazil heroes
More people pay lip service to the importance of intellectual property (IP) than understand how to profit from innovative ideas.
When they finally dock significant points or throw a big-name club out of a competition, I'll believe they want to eradicate this poison and not just pay lip service to the problem to curry favour with politicians.
I also suspect it takes a healthy skepticism on the part of the vehicle team so it can pay lip service to the process while shaping the kind of car it knows the buyer wants, all the while making the "temperature takers" feel as though their contributions are invaluable.
But when election season comes around, the politicians at least pay lip service to such issues.