lip service Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “lip service” - English Dictionary

"lip service" in American English

See all translations

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)







"lip service" in British English

See all translations

lip servicenoun [U]

uk   us  
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lip service?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

new wave

people who are doing activities in a new and different way

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More