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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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Cobb looks at the fight against cancer in the US country through the lens of a political scientist, and argues that although the government gives lip service to the desire to eradicate the disease, no central leadership has ever spearheaded a real push towards eradication, and in fact, there are several for-profit groups that rely on the continuance of cancer for their livelihood.
The Florida Bar gives lip service to EEO compliance on many places on its site.
This has so far remained much less discernible than the self-celebrating tone of apology and denial, which gives lip service to "Syrian national unity" and the "civilized history" and other folklores about Saleh al-Ali and established brotherhood.
The city remembers that destructive day and gives lip service to the victims but "for people like me, it's been a long 19 years of physical and mental agony and complete frustration that our government cares little or nothing to compensate or care for the victims of those serial blasts," he told Gulf News.
Not dumb, but rather dull, this 1960- set diamond-heist piece gives lip service to corporate sexism, South African exploitation and Cold War politics, but it's mainly about how good Demi Moore looks in Jackie Kennedy hair and tightly tailored suits.
In its section on key findings related to homegrown terrorism, the measure gives lip service to constitutionally guaranteed rights, but also singles out the Internet and its open market for the flow of ideas and information as part of the problem.
One man regarded as a hero gives lip service to the environmental cause while the other actually lives it
Ever wonder why China's economic and political leadership only gives lip service to serious appreciation of the RMB?
of the Boston Metropolitan Tribunal, gives lip service to many of Vasoli's criticisms but tries to draw the mind of the reader away from them by accusing Vasoli of having "smoldering wrath" because of his personal experience.
I pray that there will be a healing between the church and Dorian, for the church needs evangelists like him, but at times I think that the Anglican church only gives lip service to evangelism.
But even he gives lip service to the idea that international agencies such as the ILO and World Bank are needed.
Historically, a major point of contention for IL has been that VR only gives lip service to IL because their usually small staffs have been asked to do much more with little or no increases in state funding.
of the Boston Metropolitan Tribunal, gives lip service to many of Vasoli's criticisms but tries to draw the mind of the reader away from them by accusing Vasoli of having "smoldering wrath" because of his personal experience, of persisting in "questioning the subjective good faith of the judges," of accusing them of paying only "lip service" to the magisterium, of being filled with "vitriol", and of impugning the character of tribunalists.
She gives lip service to the Beatles' ingenuity but makes tortuous attempts to link every aspect of their approach to black forebears.