lip service

noun

Definition of lip service

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

Examples of lip service in a sentence

  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.

1590

First Known Use of lip service

1590


LIP SERVICE Defined for English Language Learners

lip service

noun

Definition of lip service for English Language Learners

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

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