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for the sake of

1. Also for one's sake. Out of consideration or regard for a person or thing; for someone's or something's advantage or good. For example, For Jill's sake we did not serve meat, or We have to stop fighting for the sake of family unity. [Early 1200s]
2. For the purpose or motive of, as in You like to quarrel only for the sake of an argument. [Early 1200s]
3. for God's sake. Also for goodness or heaven's or Pete's or pity's sake . An exclamation showing surprise, impatience, anger, or some other emotion, depending on the context. For example, For God's sake, I didn't expect to see you here, or Hurry up, for goodness sake, or For heaven's sake, how can you say such a mean thing? or For pity's sake, finish your dinner. The variants are euphemisms for God. [c. 1300] For a synonym, see for the love of, def. 2.
See also: of, sake
References in classic literature ?
Then the miser said, 'Bind me fast, bind me fast, for pity's sake.
my beloved Laura (cried Sophia) for pity's sake forbear recalling to my remembrance the unhappy situation of my imprisoned Husband.
For pity's sake," said the executioner, extending his arms.
Augusta, for pity's sake, don't destroy my last illusions' --and how am I to prevent his knowing these horrors?
For pity's sake, Gilbert, don't develop into a match-maker.
Ah, countess, you really must take me, for pity's sake do take me to see them
For pity's sake take your poor, broken-down chum to some place where she can hear herself think.
He had the air of a man oppressed by business, weary and suffering, who yet would not, for pity's sake, leave this helpless youth who, after all, was the son of his old friend and the possessor of such enormous wealth, to the caprice of fate and the designs of rogues.
For pity's sake put the axe down; you are not the woodman any longer
The old man reached out his arms towards him and bade him for pity's sake come within the walls.
True; but in spite of that, Aramis, grant me, for pity's sake, one single word of a true friend.
Spencer what made them red and she said she didn't know and for pity's sake not to ask her any more questions.
I've kept him here all day for pity's sake, and I've given him broth and physic, and Liz has gone to try if any one will take him in (here's my pretty in the bed--her child, but I call it mine); but I can't keep him long, for if my husband was to come home and find him here, he'd be rough in putting him out and might do him a hurt.
Colia also turned up, and begged the prince for pity's sake to tell him all he knew about his father which had been concealed from him till now.
For pity's sake, for shame's sake, because we are men born of women, and not savage beasts, many of us do not, and dare not,--we would scorn to use the full power which our savage laws put into our hands.