Meaning of “go through the motions” in the English Dictionary

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"go through the motions" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “go through the motions” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"go through the motions" in American English

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go through the motions

to do something without believing it is important:

After his wife died, he went through the motions of living without really feeling anything.

(Definition of “go through the motions” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)