What exactly does it mean to "pay lip service" to something?
Sorry about the TD's folks,someone needs one shoved up their ****...xxx
- Call Me MiltonLv 41 decade agoBest Answer
the literal meaning is to say that you do something or believe in something, but then your actions in life clearly show that you do not... basically, it means being a hypocrite...
...the alternative meaning to this is far more pleasant to think about...
- Maple LeafLv 71 decade ago
When you say something but don't really mean it or follow thru with a required action.
Like if I were to pledge $20 to a charity but then never actually send the money.
- RetroRayLv 71 decade ago
To pay lip service to something: An avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds.
Stated somewhat differently, when people pay lip service to something, they express their respect for, but they do not act on their words, so the respect is hollow and empty.Source(s): http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lip+serv... http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/lip+s...
- dawneeLv 41 decade ago
paying lip service means to talk about something rather than acting on it. If you pay lip service to social equality you spend a lot of time discussing it over dinner with friends but no time in a soup kitchen.
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- old ladyLv 71 decade ago
It means that you say you agree with it, but you don't actually do it. Like driving while impaired. People say they don't approve of it - but they continue to drink and drive. That's giving lip service, or paying lip service.
- VictoriaLv 44 years ago
Most likely he means he wants your lips around his d**k; a BJ Just ask him what he means
- TiggerLv 71 decade ago
Telling someone what they want to hear instead of the cold hard facts of life.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It all depends how much they are paying and you are willing to give lip too. Love honey
- Anonymous1 decade ago
To just say something but not actually do it. To pretend that you believe a certain thing but not practice that belief.
telling someone what they want to hear.
to say that you agree with and support an idea or plan but not do anything to help it to succeedSource(s): I will give you a thumbs up steve, someone is thumbing our right answers down.
- 1 decade ago
non-sexual meaning is that you are just saying something, but not backing it up with action. Empty words or promises.