"a token gesture"
an action or decision that is so small or inconsequential as to be only symbolic
Related words and phrases:
Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: I hear you got a promotion.
Colleague 2: I did but I fear that it is nothing more than a token gesture on the part of management.
Colleague 1: There has been a lot of press lately about the lack of gender equality in upper management in our company.
Colleague 2: Right. So my promotion is only a very small move in the right direction. The overall male-dominated patriarchal philosophy of the company is really what needs to change.
Two friends are talking ...
Friend 1: I'm having some serious issues with my roommate. He is such a slob and always leaves the apartment in a total mess. I talked to him yesterday about the problem and told him that he either has to start cleaning up after himself or move out.
Friend 2: And what happened?
Friend 1: He did the vacuuming.
Friend 2: That's it? Seems like a token gesture just to appease you. What about all the rest of his mess?
Friend 1: Nothing. Still a disaster.
There is no gerund form for a token gesture.
1) ... conflict ensured that Canada's contribution, albeit small, would be more than a token gesture of imperial solidarity.
2) If community members prepare small amounts of food, even as a token gesture, for their committee meetings, they will be less likely to be suspected ...
3) ... whilst reassuring me, gave me two brightly colored small pretty ribbons as a token gesture. So random and yet it meant so much.
4) Think about it -- how impressed would you be to receive a token gesture card that had no message, a stamped signature and very little in the ...
5) ... renting a room as well. I now pay 150 a month which is a token gesture really; I think the house mate pays over 300.
6) Do you feel Nestle's Fairtrade certification for Kit Kat is a token gesture since the vast majority of their confectionery products are not Fairtrade certified?
7) Sacrificing Preziosi at this point smacks of a token gesture of atonement by Ducati management, a symbolic purification ritual to assure their new ...
8) ... presenting a vague time-line in a token gesture toward establishing context for the reader.
9) Then a few arrests thrown in, nothing major, a token gesture, and everything will be fine and dandy and buried for good.
10) ... decides that a clean image will be good for business, so they make a token gesture here and there. Hardly the stuff that will achieve sustainability.
11) Some players feel that the' Kick It Out' campaign has become a token gesture and that the fight against racism should be more vigorous.
12) Rooney as captain is therefore likely to be a one-off and a bit of a token gesture -- a pat on the back.
13) So I concluded that it's just a token gesture rather than a practical solution if things went pear shaped.
14) Nearly everyone who does call in gets a prize, but it's a token gesture, particularly when compared with all the money you have spent on the phone ...
15) It's not a token gesture but a great work he's done to show me.
16) Fenians staged an armed uprising in 1867. The rising was no more than a token gesture and was easily put down.
17) ... just as often as sustainability is caught out to be a token gesture in many design projects today.
18) Sorry but a meaningless token gesture doesn't deserve too much credit in my book.
19) ... rather than simply rejecting him or her. It would be nice to get a token gesture of appreciation e.g. a year's free subscription, ...
20) Bio fuels can make little more than a token gesture to meeting our energy needs, and only at huge cost.