lip service

noun
insincere expression of friendship, admiration, support, etc.; service by words only: He paid only lip service to the dictator.

Origin:
1635–45

lip server, noun
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lip service
 
n
insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice

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Word Origin & History

lip service
"something proffered but not performed," 1640s, from lip + service.
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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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Idioms & Phrases

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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Example sentences
Senior management pays lip service to cost but generally leaves the solutions
  to human resources.
In modern war a complicated lip service is still paid to the principle of
  discrimination.
Spirituality despite the lip service in our public forum is not widely valued.
They are well-tested, highly effective voluntary measures that we've merely
  paid lip service to for the last decade and a half.
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