lip service


lip service

noun

: support for someone or something that is expressed by someone in words but that is not shown in that person's actions

Full Definition of LIP SERVICE

:  an avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds —usually used with pay

Examples of LIP SERVICE

  1. She paid lip service to blue-collar workers, but she did nothing to help them.
  2. So far all we've gotten from him is lip service.

First Known Use of LIP SERVICE

1644

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