give lip service to (something)

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give lip service to (something)

To give an insincere verbal expression of something, especially friendship, loyalty, respect, support, etc. The local council members give lip service each year to a renewed plan to tackle homelessness, but no one ever expects them to follow through.
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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.
"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.
"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.
"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."
The international community's credibility is on the line, and America and Congress's credibility is on the line, if we give lip service to the idea that these norms are important."
America and Congress' credibility is on the line, because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important."