lip-service

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