in (someone's) behalf

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in (one's) behalf

For the benefit, interest, or support of someone; as an agent, representative, or in place of someone. Our lawyer will be telephoning the department tomorrow in our behalf, to ensure our application goes through as planned. This decision is in your behalf, so don't act so ungrateful!
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in (someone's) behalf

1. As the representative of someone else; in lieu of someone. The boss isn't here at the moment, but I'd be happy to sign for the package in her behalf.
2. In the interest or for the benefit of someone else. Children don't understand until they're older that everything their parents do is in their behalf.
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References in classic literature ?
The defendant has not been heard, nor has he had an opportunity to call others in his behalf.
He has, therefore, requested me to reply in his behalf to two special objections, one of an intellectual, the other of a moral nature.
I could not withstand that look, nor could I, on second thought, have deserted my rescuer without giving as good an account of myself in his behalf as he had in mine.
But to return to Ned; I have no doubt you thought, and therefore interfered benevolently in his behalf, that I objected to Miss Haredale.
After some discussion, in which all three took an active part, it was decided that Nancy should repair to the Jew's next evening when the night had set in, and bring Oliver away with her; Fagin craftily observing, that, if he evinced any disinclination to the task, he would be more willing to accompany the girl who had so recently interfered in his behalf, than anybody else.