lip service

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1640s, compare earlier lip-labour.[1]


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lip service (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Promising but empty talk; words absent of real action or intention.
    • 1995, Alanis Morissette (lyrics and music), “Head over Feet”, in Jagged Little Pill:
      Your love is thick, and it swallowed me whole / You're so much braver than I gave you credit for / That's not lip service
    The candidate gave lip service to fixing the problems, but it is doubtful that he will do much.
  2. (slang, vulgar) Cunnilingus, the act of using the mouth and tongue to stimulate the female genitals, especially the clitoris and labia. (Sometimes also referred to as giving lip.)
    Jack gave Samantha lip service.


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  1. ^ lip-service” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.