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Go through the motions   /goʊ θru ðə mˈoʊʃənz/   Listen
Go through the motions

Pretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it.

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"Go through the motions" Quotes from Famous Books

... a short note for the doctor and the others who would come and hunt and go through the motions that men must live by. Perhaps the doctor ...
— Now We Are Three • Joe L. Hensley

... who has lost a hand's first appearance in company with the stump unbandaged—but anything would be better than the mopey Oliver of the last two weeks and a half, and Mrs. Crowe had been taught by a good deal of living the aseptic powers of having to go through the motions of ordinary life in front of a casual audience, even when it seemed that those motions were no longer of any account. So Oliver took clean flannels and a bitter mind to Southampton on the last day of August, and, as soon as he got off the train, ...
— Young People's Pride • Stephen Vincent Benet

... to undergo the test, but he quails when he sees the heavy spear which Brunhild brandishes and when he perceives that twelve men stagger beneath the weight she proposes to throw. He is, however, somewhat reassured when Siegfried whispers he need but go through the motions, while his friend, concealed by the Tarncappe,—the cloak of invisibility which endows the wearer with the strength of twelve men,—will perform the required ...
— The Book of the Epic • Helene A. Guerber

Words linked to "Go through the motions" :   pretend, make, make believe

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