empty promise

empty promise

A promise that is devoid of worth or meaning, one that cannot or was never intended to be carried out. John may be a sweet-talker, but in reality, he's a lowlife full of empty promises.
See also: empty, promise
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And it isn't the one devised by a woman who launched her career on an empty promise of Girl Power.
The president then tried to appease the bondholders by telling them he would work out a compromise with the BoC, which turned out to be another empty promise.
The Conservative proposal to reduce the impact of the European Court of Human Rights and abolish the Human Rights Act is an empty promise.
Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick said: "The British Transport Police and British Rail are beyond the Mayor's remit, so Boris's pledge is little more than an empty promise.
If we do, children will fall behind, and our monument will stand for nothing but an empty promise.
Henry Luvert, vice president of the Eugene-Springfield chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, dismissed the chief's request as one more empty promise in a long string of empty promises.
Those who manage not to be seduced by the system's largely empty promise of riches often choose to leave the country as soon as they have graduated from art school, returning only after they have regained a little sanity and breadth of purpose.
The hype of adult day as a referral source for long term care was found by most to be an empty promise.
Potential closure of Clairville stadium and an empty promise of a replacement is more likely to delude a generation.
But, Mr Wall said, that turned out to be an empty promise and three of the men who travelled to Huddersfield were later charged with, but eventually cleared of, offences relating to the fatal attack.
That was an empty promise that he should have kept.
In contrast the SNP could not afford their empty promise of more police officers.
The lamp in Lamp #1 directly faces its audience, but is switched off--its two bulbs return the spectator's gaze with a compelling though empty promise, like a pair of unblinking yet distant eyes, a dead man's vacant stare.
Maybe because that was just more bluster and another empty promise from the DUP.
The opening of the border crossing Lojane-Miratovac continues to be nothing but an empty promise of VMRO-DPMNE's "cane" called BDI, comment from the Youth Forum of the BESA Movement in Kumanovo.