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lip service

noun
1.
insincere expression of friendship, admiration, support, etc.; service by words only:
He paid only lip service to the dictator.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45
Related forms
lip server, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lip server

lip service

noun
1.
insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice
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Word Origin and History for lip server

lip service

n.

"something proffered but not performed," 1640s, from lip (n.) + service (n.1). Earlier in same sense was lip-labour (1530s).

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lip server in Culture

lip service definition


Insincere agreement; to “pay lip service” is to consent in one's words while dissenting in one's heart: “The boss's support of affirmative action was merely paying lip service; he never committed himself to it in any substantial way.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for lip server

lip service

noun

Insincere expression of friendship, admiration, agreement, support, etc: lip service for the volunteers


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with lip server

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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