To go through the motion

  • Randisi.

    Senior Member
    American English; USA

    To go through the motions (plural).

    Collins Robert offers these equivalents:

    Faire quelque chose machinalement

    Faire quelque chose en ayant l'esprit ailleurs

    Faire mine ou semblant de faire quelque chose.


    France - Français
    I have got a question for you concerning the phrase "to go through the motions".

    I read this phrase in the following sentence :
    "she was a woman with little appetite and only a faint desire to go through the motions"

    Couldn't "go through the motions" mean "she is tired of life and has only a little desire to go on living"?
    Thanks for your help


    Senior Member
    American English; USA
    "To go through the motions" evokes the idea of merely performing (without really being engaged in them) the actions of whatever is in question, for whatever the reason. Here you are right; the reason is that she is tired of living and doesn't want to even pretend to perform the actions required by life.
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