go through the motions

Definition of go through the motions

  1. :  to do something without making much effort to do it well He claimed that he was looking for a job, but he was really just going through the motions.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

motionplay motions
  1. :  an act, process, or instance of changing place :  movement

    :  an active or functioning state or condition

    :  an impulse or inclination of the mind or will

  1. :  to signal by a movement or gesture

    :  to direct by a motion


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