Learn English – You say something but you don’t really mean it: an adjective to describe that offer or a phrase


What adjective do you use to describe something that you say, but you do not really mean it. For example when you make an offer to someone, but you don't really mean it and kind of hope they say no! Let's say in a rather insincere way, although you are trying to be polite.
What type of offer is that? Or is there a phrase or something used to refer to that?

Best Answer

That type of offer is called an Empty gesture.

Urban Dictionary definition:

to say something without an intention of actually doing it. Making an offer that is not intended to be fulfilled or even taken up by someone.

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