pay lip service


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pay lip service

To agree to or go along with something insincerely.
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You can be part of the forces that frustrate, undermine or delay justice even if they mouth elegant rhetoric and pay lip service to lofty ideals.
Imagine their disappointment to find the three-and-a-half-year probe appears to do little more than pay lip service to their suffering.
It has, however, concerned me that many reinsurers really only pay lip service to the financial health of their cedents.
Some of my favourites are by MAC - Patisserie, Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy, Brave and Shanghai Spice so pay lip service to a new nude shade.
He noted that education remains the only key towards any meaningful development saying his administration would not pay lip service to it.
The Charities Commission issues guidance on what constitutes public benefit and charities cannot therefore just pay lip service to this requirement.
All too often city and town planners simply pay lip service to the needs of cyclists rather than actually designing roads and transport corridors to safely accommodate them.
Too often public consultations pay lip service to the views of people with organisations behind them really only interested in getting the outcome they want - the recent M4 Relief Road announcement is a perfect example of that.
We may pay lip service to being a Christian country.
What is shocking and deplorable is that governments have largely chosen to only pay lip service to the problem and those organisations putting legitimate tickets up for sale have not come up with a technological foolproof block to stop this multiple buying.
They will pay lip service to the fans but the fact remains that everything that happens on and off the pitch is down to commercial decisions.
Don''''t just pay lip service to buying British, it''''s up to the Government to ensure we support British.