(Dedicated to Asia)
Here's a strange one!
When you pay lip service to something, you only pretend that you are committed to something but in fact, you are not.
For example, the Directors said they supported the appraisal scheme but in fact, only paid lip service to it. (A common reality!)
But how do we get this phrase? One answer is in church. If you don't know the words to a hymn, you just move your mouth and pretend that you are singing.
One of the best examples of paying lip service you will ever see follows!