go through the motions
Meaning: You go through the motions when you do something without putting any real effort or thought into it.
- They've told Jamal that he has to leave his job at the end of the month, so he's just going through the motions until then.
- Our team was so far behind that for the last few minutes of the game it looked like they were just going through the motions.
The band were playing their songs, but they were just going through the motions because
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Contributor: Matt Errey