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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 ​wifedied, 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)
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