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pay lip service

To give a false or insincere declaration that one supposedly values, supports, respects, or believes in something. Fighting homelessness was touted as his primary agenda during his campaign, but so far it looks like he was only paying lip service. I'm tired of politicians who do nothing but pay lip service to the major issues affecting our country.
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pay lip service (to something)

Fig. to express loyalty, respect, or support for something insincerely. You don't really care about politics. You're just paying lip service to the candidate. Don't sit here and pay lip service. Get busy!
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lip service, to give/pay

An insincere expression of friendship, devotion, or support. Both the Old and New Testaments contain references to honoring God or Jesus only with one’s lips (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8). The religious association is maintained in an early English reference, “Pleasing themselves in their lip-service in bearing a part in it,” in the 1644 Directory for the Publique Worship Throughout the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
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"Abadi issued a very similar order back in 2016 and it really did not change anything other than forcing militia political leaders to give lip service to the division between politics and martial activity."
The authors give lip service to hoarding on page 41.
'Till now we only saw them give lip service yet I don't a proper plan on fulfilling their pledge.
Believers are just as prone to give lip service whenever their actions betray what they speak or what they believe in.
"In the past I would give lip service to it," he admits, "but it always just seemed more like a pleasant idea than something I wanted.
"In the past I would give lip service to it," he admitted, "but it always just seemed more like a pleasant idea than something I wanted.
"We are going back to enforcement chaos - they are going to give lip service to going after criminals, but they really are going to round up everybody they can get their hands on," said David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Assn.
The words you uttered repeatedly when you killed her give lip service to that concept.
"These vehemently anti-LGBT groups give lip service to religious freedom, but that is clearly not their goal in pushing these so-called 'religious liberty' laws," said Heidi Beirich, report author and director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project.
"In other words, they give lip service to supporting a best interest standard while opposing the reforms needed to make that standard more than an empty promise."
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."