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lip service

noun [U]  us   /ˈlɪp ˌsɜr·vɪs/
to publicly support or approve of something, while actually taking no action to produce it: A lot of adults pay lip service to the idea that it is important to listen to teenagers' ideas, but they tend to listen and then forget. Is this a real promise, or is this just lip service?
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