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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This is not rational, sustainable or equitable, and yet to date we have only given lip service to changing our ways.
Most of higher education has given lip service to this idea.
They may have given lip service to what they thought it was.
Up to now, we have only given lip service to the idea of a New Economy, yet it is happening before our I eyes.
So while claiming to respect the San Fernando Valley, the City Council has, instead, given lip service to the notion of separate Valley representation to the extent possible.