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go through the motions

To do something without much thought or interest. I've done this job for so long that I just go through the motions every day.
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go through the motions

Fig. to make a feeble effort to do something; to do something insincerely or in cursory fashion. Jane isn't doing her best. She's just going through the motions. Bill was supposed to be raking the yard, but he was just going through the motions.
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go through the motions

Do something perfunctorily, or merely pretend to do it. For example, The team is so far behind that they're just going through the motions, or She didn't really grieve at his death; she just went through the motions. [c. 1800]
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go through the motions

COMMON If you go through the motions, you do something that you have to do or are expected to do, but without any real effort or enthusiasm. Students who did attend classes with any regularity seemed to be just going through the motions. `You don't really care, do you?' she said quietly.`You're just going through the motions.'
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go through the motions

1 do something perfunctorily, without any enthusiasm or commitment. 2 simulate an action; act out something.
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go through the ˈmotions (of doing something)

do something or say something because you have to, not because you really want to: He went through the motions of welcoming her friends, but then quickly left the room.She’s not really interested in the subject — she’s just going through the motions.
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go through the motions

To do something in a mechanical manner indicative of a lack of interest or involvement.
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For the first few songs, she seems to be going through the motions and her voice can barely be heard over the pounding rhythms, muffled and hoarse as she slinks through the saucy lyrics of In Public.