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lip servicenoun [U]

uk   /ˈlɪp ˌsɜː.vɪs/ us   /ˈlɪp ˌsɝː.vɪs/
pay lip service to sth
to say that you agree with something but do nothing to support it: She claims to be in favour of training, but so far she's only paid lip service to the idea.
(Definition of lip service from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lip servicenoun [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?
(Definition of lip service from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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