pay lip service

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pay lip service

To give a false or insincere declaration that one supposedly values, supports, respects, or believes in something. Fighting homelessness was touted as his primary agenda during his campaign, but so far it looks like he was only paying lip service. I'm tired of politicians who do nothing but pay lip service to the major issues affecting our country.
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pay lip service (to something)

Fig. to express loyalty, respect, or support for something insincerely. You don't really care about politics. You're just paying lip service to the candidate. Don't sit here and pay lip service. Get busy!
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lip service, to give/pay

An insincere expression of friendship, devotion, or support. Both the Old and New Testaments contain references to honoring God or Jesus only with one’s lips (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8). The religious association is maintained in an early English reference, “Pleasing themselves in their lip-service in bearing a part in it,” in the 1644 Directory for the Publique Worship Throughout the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
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Let's hope this time they do more than pay lip service - before it's too late.
Most farmers pay lip service to animal welfare, the transport of live animals is a national disgrace, which the farming unions turn a blind eye to.
Murray is rather dismissive of OEMs in their attempts to shed weight, saying, "Until now, car companies tend to pay lip service.
More people pay lip service to the importance of intellectual property (IP) than understand how to profit from innovative ideas.
The question divides the city's intelligentsia between those who believe engagement with foreign architects is a necessary part of the country's cultural evolution and those who condemn successive leaders for spending too much on ego-driven architects who at best pay lip service to Chinese sensibilities.
many of them just pay lip service to using recycled materials.
The sorry fact is that while Martin and some of the provincial premiers still pay lip service to the Christian faith, not one of them is willing to follow the example set by President Bush in upholding the sanctity of human life and the fundamental importance of marriage between a man and a woman.
Policymakers in Japan and abroad pay lip service to the idea of reform but fear the very change that will cause reform to happen.
Jurisdictions that put these in have to do more than pay lip service to traffic safety.
But regardless of the motives behind Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft must do more then just pay lip service to the security of its products.
Lots of our movies and Mother's Day homilies romanticize and pay lip service to the vocation of caring for and raising our children, and we all agree that this is the most critical task of any civilization.
The intrinsic rewards of teaching are being overwhelmed by the reality of leaders who pay lip service to reform, bash teachers as a campaign strategy, and consistently refuse to pay up for salaries, smaller class sizes, and equitable funding.
As I consider this press conference, I find it both dispiriting and disquieting to discover that public officials still feel they must pay lip service to a god while celebrating a scientific achievement.
The public, yes: We all pay lip service to that vast faceless beast, whose pale visage is usually (if faintly) discerned in public opinion polls.
And we (nearly) all pay lip service to the theory of American democracy, its free ins titutions, and its free market cornucopia.