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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.
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yeoman's service

Service that is good enough, but in no way extravagant. This rickety wooden ladder has done me yeoman's service over the years, but now it's time to upgrade.
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at your service

1. Available to help you with whatever you need. It is a set phrase. One math tutor, at your service! I'm totally at your service—just tell me what you need me to do.
2. Said upon meeting someone for the first time as a polite way of identifying oneself. A: "Is there a John Jones here?" B: "At your service, sir."
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bring (something) into service

To make something usable or functional. We intend to bring a fleet of new buses into service later this year.
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call my service

Don't call me directly—call my answering service instead. A phrase of discouragement or disinterest. If anyone calls me about an unsolicited resume they've submitted, tell them to call my service.
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streaming service

A company that provides entertainment, such as music, movies, or television shows, to users via an Internet connection, over which the content can be "streamed" (played without the need for downloading). Netflix and Spotify are prominent examples. With all the streaming services these days, there is a never-ending supply of entertainment available to us.
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come into service

To begin to be utilized. When will this ship come into service? These repairs are taking much longer than anticipated.
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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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put (something) into service

To begin to utilize something or give something function. The new project aims to put abandoned buildings into service as accommodation for the homeless.
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see service

To serve in the military. Both my grandfathers saw service in World War II.
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at someone's service

Fig. ready to help someone in any way. The count greeted me warmly and said, "Welcome to my home. Just let me know what you need. I'm at your service." The desk clerk said, "Good morning, madam. I'm at your service."
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bring something into service

to begin to use something; to start something up. They are bringing a much larger boat into service next month. A newer machine will be brought into service next year.
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Call my service.

Please don't call me directly, but through my answering service. (Not a friendly or encouraging invitation.) Good to talk to you, but I gotta go now. Call my service. I can't talk now. Call my service.
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come into service

to begin to be used; to begin to operate and function as designed. When did this elevator. come into service? I think that this machine came into service during World War II.
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go into service

to start operating. When will the new elevator go into service? It has already gone into service.
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go into the service

to enter one of the military services. She went into the service when she got out of high school. I chose not to go into the service.
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go out of service

[for something] to stop working; [for something] to have been turned off so it cannot be used. This elevator went out of service last week. How long has it been since this thing went out of service?
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in service

[of something] operating or operable. (See also put something in(to) service.) Is this elevator in service?
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of service (to someone)

helping someone; serving someone. Good morning, madam. May I be of service to you? Welcome to the Warwick Hotel. May I be of service?
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out of service

inoperable; not currently operating. Both elevators had been put out of service, so I had to use the stairs. The washroom is temporarily out of service.
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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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press someone or something into service

to force someone or something to serve or function. I don't think you can press him into service just yet. He isn't trained. I think that in an emergency, we could press this machine into service.
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put something in (to) service

 and put something into use
to start to use a thing; to make a device operate and function. I hope that they are able to put the elevator into service again soon. I am tired of climbing stairs. We will put it in service within an hour. When can we put the new copier into use?
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at someone's service

Ready to help someone, at someone's disposal, as in The tour guide said he was at our service for the rest of the afternoon. [Second half of 1600s]
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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]
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of service to someone, be

Help someone, as in How can I be of service to you? This idiom uses service in the sense of "supplying someone's needs." [c. 1700]
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press into service

Force someone or something to perform or function, as in Can I press you into service to help people find their coats? or The funeral drew such a large crowd that more chairs were pressed into service. This idiom transfers press in the sense of "seize and force someone to serve," as seamen once were, to other activities. It was first recorded in 1871.
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pay lip service to something


give lip service to something

COMMON If someone pays lip service or gives lip service to an idea, they say they are in favour of it, but do not do anything practical to support it. Nearly all Western manufacturers now pay lip service to these management techniques. Many chefs give lip service to the importance of fresh ingredients. Note: You can also just talk about lip service. All the talk about nation-building is pure lip service, because people who are selfish will never join with others to build the nation. Note: In this expression `service' means the same as respect. A contrast is being made here between what people say and what they really think, based on an idea expressed in various places in the Bible, including Matthew 15:8, `This people draweth nigh to me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me'.
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Call my service

sent. Please call me through my answering service. (Not a friendly or encouraging invitation.) Good to talk to ya, babe. Call my service. Love ya!
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at (someone's) service

Ready to help or be of use.
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be of service

To be ready to help or be useful.
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References in classic literature ?
By such and many other allurements a larger idea of telephone service was given to the public mind; until in 1909 at least eighteen thousand New York-Chicago conversa- tions were held, and the revenue from strictly long-distance messages was twenty-two thousand dollars a day.
It is the utmost degree of service that the telephone has been required to give in any city.
Sire," said he, "I quit the king's service because I am dissatisfied.
Sire, I have, as I have said, now served the house of France thirty-five years; few people have worn out so many swords in that service as I have, and the swords I speak of were good swords, too, sire.
The lives of the voyageurs are passed in wild and extensive rovings, in the service of individuals, but more especially of the fur traders.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of impeachment.
They eat your service like apples, and leave you out.
We were successful in getting money enough so that on Thanksgiving Day of that year we held our first service in the chapel of Porter Hall, although the building was not completed.
All were silently crossing themselves, and the reading of the church service, the subdued chanting of deep bass voices, and in the intervals sighs and the shuffling of feet were the only sounds that could be heard.
You and I, who control the secret service of the army, denounce certain men, upon no slight evidence, either, as spies, and we are laughed at
This secret service for the enemy must hamper him a lot, but it's better than lying in a refuge.
Of the Latin words of the service they understood nothing; and of the Bible story they had only a very general impression.
I went into the service of the old lord, their father
What I might have done at this critical moment, if all my life had been passed in service, I cannot say.
In the provision they made for me, it was my good hap to be put to nurse, as they call it, to a woman who was indeed poor but had been in better circumstances, and who got a little livelihood by taking such as I was supposed to be, and keeping them with all necessaries, till they were at a certain age, in which it might be supposed they might go to service or get their own bread.