to go through the motion


Senior Member
Russia, russian
Dear group!

What is the phrase “to go through the motion” means? The sentence is the following: I was in flight school and I was kind of going through the motion

Thanks in advance
  • Cathy Rose

    Senior Member
    United States English
    It means that the person's heart isn't in it. It's not something that the person really wants to do. It can also be used to describe someone who is functioning through habit rather than conscious thought:
    The grieving widow went Christmas shopping for her grandchildren, but she was just going through the motions.
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