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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Congress has been giving lip service to a fix for years.
They accused the international community of giving lip service to Amisom.
It's time to stop giving lip service to the data and begin addressing the high costs of Long Island.
Some are calling it a 'social experiment,' although I doubt if singer Katy Perry, who once wrote a song called 'I Kissed a Girl,' really wanted to test public attitudes about a woman taking the lead in giving lip service to a young man.
While giving lip service to the importance of strong encryption and security, Wray said the current situation that allows individuals to protect the data on their devices with unbreakable encryption cannot be allowed to continue, adding, "We face an enormous and increasing number of cases that rely heavily, if not exclusively, on electronic evidence." What Wray appears to be working his way up to is the creation of a "backdoor" to encryption.
Conflict is palpable within this story, as police concentrate on the obvious, giving lip service to Anna's innocence.
Anyone who recognizes the need to address climate change but supports the worst in fossil fuel development - right here in our own backyards - is only giving lip service to the greatest challenge of our times.
It goes far beyond giving lip service to wellness and a healthy lifestyle, advocating a series of recipes and lessons on how to properly eat, breathe, relax, and enjoy life.
And if we really mean it--if we're not just giving lip service to it--and are willing to sacrifice for it, then, yes, we can make sure every child gets an education suitable to this new century, one that expands imaginations and lifts sights and gives those children the skills they need."
"Plan sponsors have been giving lip service to a streamlined lineup for years," Lucas said, "but there was always an attractive fund out there to improve diversification.
To top it off, they added insult to injury, as far as BNCW is concerned, by very obviously giving lip service to our concerns.
A "New Jersey has the strongest anti-bullying legislation in the nation and it's time they started to respect it rather than just giving lip service to it," Troy Stevenson executive director of Garden State Equality said (http://longisland.news12.com/news/reaction-to-firing-of-mike-rice-mixed-from-rutgers-students-community-1.5002030?firstfree=yes) at a news conference .
We need to stop giving lip service to ways to stimulate the North Country economy.
After years of giving lip service to the business community's concern, the council paid heed to Michael Lanava of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, who said it is unfair for the business community to pay 37 percent of the city's property taxes when it comprises only 22 percent of the tax base.
So the final challenge is one that the industry has been facing for years: to stop giving lip service to partnerships with customers, and to actually create those partnerships to ensure that both manufacturers and retailers survive and thrive.