pay lip service


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pay lip service

To agree to or go along with something insincerely.
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The Charities Commission issues guidance on what constitutes public benefit and charities cannot therefore just pay lip service to this requirement.
Laura Keely of Macmillan Cancer Support said: "It is no longer enough to just pay lip service.
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.
Don''''t just pay lip service to buying British, it''''s up to the Government to ensure we support British.
The Government pay lip service to cutting down alcoholism.
Is it apathy on behalf of both parties or is it they only pay lip service to safety, unless, of course, an accident occurs and
Cheeky devils Brian Ormond and Martin King pay lip service to awards; IT'S A WRAP: Baiba at yesterday's launch of TV Now Awards TV at Krystle in Dublin; TV GLEE: Colette Fitzpatrick; CITY SLICKER: Orlaith Rafter; BLACK MAGIC: Linda Breathnach; Pictures: GARETH CHANEY/COLLINS