pay lip service to something

pay lip service to something
pay lip service to something phrase
to say that you support something although you do not really, especially when you do nothing to prove your support

Most people only paid lip service to the state religion.

Thesaurus: to support an idea, plan or personsynonym
Main entry: pay

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pay lip service to (something) — give/pay lip service to (something) to say that you agree with and support an idea or plan but not do anything to help it to succeed. The company pays lip service to the notion of racial equality but you look around you and all you see are white… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pay lip service to something — to say that you support something although you do not really, especially when you do nothing to prove your support Most people only paid lip service to the state religion …   English dictionary

  • give lip service to (something) — give/pay lip service to (something) to say that you agree with and support an idea or plan but not do anything to help it to succeed. The company pays lip service to the notion of racial equality but you look around you and all you see are white… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lip service — When people pay lip service to something, they express their respect, but they don t act on their words, so the respect is hollow and empty …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • lip service —    When people pay lip service to something, they express their respect, but they don t act on their words, so the respect is hollow and empty.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you pay lip service to an idea or cause, you give verbal… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Lip service —   When people pay lip service to something, they express their respect, but they don t act on their words, so the respect is hollow and empty …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • pay lip service to — express approval of or support for (something) without taking any significant action …   Useful english dictionary

  • lip service — lip .service n pay lip service to sb/sth to say that you support or agree with something without doing anything to prove it ▪ organizations that pay lip service to career development …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lip service — noun an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction • Syn: ↑hypocrisy • Derivationally related forms: ↑hypocritical (for: ↑hypocrisy) • Hypernyms: ↑pretense, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lip service — noun pay lip service to to say that you support or agree with something without doing anything to prove your support: They re only paying lip service to women s rights …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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