for love/for the love of something
Purely for one's pleasure or love for someone or something, rather than for money or another such benefit. A truly great player plays for love, not because a win might benefit his bank account the next day.
See also: love
for the love of (something)
1. For the sake of something; in regard or consideration for something. For the love of mercy, judge, please don't condemn this man to die! Please don't speak like that in church, for the love of all that is holy!
2. Purely for one's pleasure or love for someone or something, rather than for money or another such benefit. A truly great player plays for the love of the game, not because a win might benefit his bank account the next day.
for the love of
1. For the sake of, in consideration of. For example, She signed up for all these volunteer jobs for the love of praise. [c. 1200]
2. for the love of Pete or Mike or God . An exclamation of surprise, exasperation, or some similar feeling, as in For the love of Pete, give me the money! James Joyce used this idiom in Ulysses (1922): "For the love of Mike listen to him." Pete and Mike are euphemisms for God. [Early 1900s] Also see for the sake of, def. 3.
(just) for ˈlove/for the ˈlove of somethingif you do something for love, you do it without payment or other reward, because you like the work or the person you are working for: She works in the museum during the summer but she doesn’t get paid. She helps for the love of it.
for the love of
For the sake of; in consideration for: did it all for the love of praise.