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English definition of “go through the motions”

go through the motions

informal disapproving
C2 to do something without thinking it is very important or having much interest in it: He says he's been investigating my complaint, but I feel he's just going through the motions.Faking and pretending
(Definition of go through the motions from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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