lip service

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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