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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.
Translations of “go through the motions”
in Chinese (Traditional) 裝裝樣子, 敷衍了事…
in Russian делать что-либо для проформы…
in Turkish âdet yerini bulsun diye yapmak, lâf olsun diye yapmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 装装样子, 敷衍了事…
in Polish robić coś z obowiązku…
(Definition of go through the motions from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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