Definition of go through the motions in English:

go through the motions

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phrase

  • 1Do something in a perfunctory way, without any enthusiasm or commitment.

    • ‘no drive, no ambition; the team was just turning up to go through the motions’
    pretend, put on an act, put it on, play-act, make believe, fake it
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  • 2Simulate an action.

    • ‘a child goes through the motions of washing up’