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- v. To do something in a mechanical, unreflective manner, especially as a matter of routine and without commitment or enthusiasm; to perform a task perfunctorily.
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- v. pretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it
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All except Mary were downcast and barely able to go through the motions of living, except for the few who were ragingly angry.