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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 ​paidlipservice 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 ​publiclysupport 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 ​realpromise, or is this just lip service?
(Definition of lip service from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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