go\ through\ the\ motions

v. phr.
To pretend to do something by moving or acting as if you were really doing it; do something without really trying hard or caring.

Jane was angry because she couldn't go out, and when her mother said to dust her room she just went through the motions.

The team was so far behind in the game that they just went through the motions of playing at the end.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • through the motions — See: GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • through the motions — See: GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • through\ the\ motions — See: go through the motions …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Going Through the Motions — may refer to: * Goin Through the Motions , a song by Blue Öyster Cult from their 1977 album Spectres * Going Through the Motions , a 1979 album by Hot Chocolate * Going Through the Motions , a 1982 novel by Katherine Govier * Going Through the… …   Wikipedia

  • go through the motions — verb pretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it She isn t really working she s just going through the motions • Hypernyms: ↑make, ↑pretend, ↑make believe • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * go through the motions …   Useful english dictionary

  • go through the motions — {v. phr.} To pretend to do something by moving or acting as if you were really doing it; do something without really trying hard or caring. * /Jane was angry because she couldn t go out, and when her mother said to dust her room she just went… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go through the motions — {v. phr.} To pretend to do something by moving or acting as if you were really doing it; do something without really trying hard or caring. * /Jane was angry because she couldn t go out, and when her mother said to dust her room she just went… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go through the motions — When you go through the motions, you do something like an everyday routine and without any feelings whatsoever …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • go through the motions — to do things in the usual way but without much effort or enthusiasm because you do not expect to succeed The leaders are going through the motions of peace talks …   English dictionary

  • go through the motions — to do something because you are expected to do it and not because you want to. These days when we go out, cook a meal together or even make love, I get the feeling that he s just going through the motions. (often in continuous tenses) …   New idioms dictionary

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