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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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The narrator in Lip Service is so obsessed with the way she thinks people look at her, because of her disfigurement, that she sees the whole world through this filter.
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Jurisdictions that put these in have to do more than pay lip service to traffic safety.
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?
No, the panto season isn't start-ing early, it's female comedy duo Lip Service taking a swipe at Oscar Wilde.
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.
Ignited by growing international competition, the likes of which this country had never experienced, the first reaction was to stand pat and pretend that all the talk about improved quality was merely lip service.
However, in their goal of offering such services, they are still doing little more than providing investment management and lip service.
Lip Service BBC3, Tuesday THIS wasn't at all gratuitous, was it?
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Enough lip service to domestic problems like immigration and health care.
There is nothing quite as repulsive as corporate executives that pay lip service to free markets and free trade when it suits their needs, and who cry like spoiled children when they don't.
IT IS often suggested that audiences attending any show by the surreal Lip Service should be offered either counselling or medical attention after they collapse from fits of hysterical laughter.