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empty words

This page is about the collocation empty words

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

words that aren't really meant, or that won't lead to action

For example

  • He said he'd never use drugs again, but they were just more empty words.

  • We want real action from the government, not more empty words and broken promises.

Note:
A similar collocation is "empty gesture"

Quick Quiz

People who speak empty words are

a. untrustworthy

b. uneducated

c. unheard

Contributor: Matt Errey