go through the motions

idiom

Definition of go through the motions

: 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.

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“Go through the motions.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20through%20the%20motions. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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