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GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does go through the motions mean? 

GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS (verb)
  The verb GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS (verb)


Sense 1go through the motions [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She isn't really working--she's just going through the motions

Hypernyms (to "go through the motions" is one way to...):

make; make believe; pretend (represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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