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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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Repentance is best expressed through actions not lip service.
Lip service is paid to Steven Holl, Herzog and de Meuron, Juhani Pallasmaa and Peter Zumthor, so we instinctively know we are in safe hands.
Whether your problems are foreign competition, regulatory burden, health care, a lack of skilled labor and/or a demanding customer base, these issues must be addressed every day and not just given lip service. What have you done at your facility to find a solution to any of your non-production ills?
For all the show's lip service to this effect, positivistic science this is not.
Ambitious and focused, she appeared regularly in MTV's "The Grind," VH-1's "80's Dance Party," and "Lip Service." In 1997 she was hired to choreograph for the New Jersey Nets dance team.
While Mexican President Vicente Fox gave Bush's plan lukewarm lip service, less compliant presidents such as Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, called for trashing Bush's free-trade mantra in favor of anti-poverty programs aimed directly at ending the glaring economic disparities which blight Central and South America.
Most consequentialists are morally superior to their theory and, thankfully, pay it only lip service.
The companies raised false hopes among my constituents and, although lip service was paid to making an effort to identify alternative sites, I am satisfied that it was merely lip service and not a serious intent.'
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.
Outlandish Blues, the second collection by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, argues for the power and fearlessness of the blues lyric and the gospel shout--traditional forms often given (literary) lip service, but rarely allowed to show true creative power.
Davis endorsed the faith-based plan, telling attendees, "God gets a great deal of lip service in this world.
Though he pays lip service to the post-Gorbachev softening of Reagan's stance, Schweizer sees it as--you guessed it--perfectly consistent with Reagan's decades-old master plan.
While paying lip service to Luther's achievement and acknowledging its necessity, he criticized the reformer's harshness to Christians of differing views and his softness to the bigamy of Philipp of Hesse.
machine tool industry and lip service from politicians won't make them disappear.