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lip service

The insincere verbal expression of something, especially friendship, loyalty, respect, support, etc. Used especially in the phrase "give/pay lip service to something." All of the grand promises the president made in her campaign speeches turned out to be nothing but lip service. The local council members pay lip service each year to a renewed plan to tackle homelessness, but no one ever expects them to follow through.
See also: lip, service

lip service

Verbal but insincere expression of agreement or support. It is often put as pay or give lip service , as in They paid lip service to holding an election next year, but they had no intention of doing so . [Mid-1600s]
See also: lip, service
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Will Congress really ban partial-birth abortion," asked American Life League (ALL) president Judie Brown in a November 8th press statement, "or just give prolifers lip service by once again passing a meaningless regulation containing an erroneous loophole that renders the whole package moot?
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It's no longer enough just to pay lip service to such partnerships, said National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) chair Jan Nestler.
We must show that we are willing and able to give more than just lip service.
It pays lip service to the classics with a sheer veneer that is deliberately fractured by renegade forays into break-all-the-rules contemporary ballet.
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