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
References in classic literature ?
Pleased and flattered to be bribed, although by nothing but an empty promise, the Judge let him go.
Linton must allow an interview soon, or he should fear he was purposely deceiving him with empty promises.
It's an empty promise - they probably won't be in power by then and the Tories will abandon the pledge.
Common sense is needed - or the Reserve could become an embarrassing empty promise.
Maybe because that was just more bluster and another empty promise from the DUP.
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.
That was an empty promise that he should have kept.
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.
To me, the opportunity to do this is a deeper reward than the empty promise of an unimaginable afterlife.
Many evoked a genteel sort of white supremacy whose main goal was a system that truly delivered on the South's empty promise of separate but equal.