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for the sake of (someone)

Out of regard or respect for someone or something; for the benefit, advantage, or purpose of something or somebody. For the sake of those who have already read the chapter, I won't go into it in too much detail here today. For the sake of decency, please stop using such profane language in church!
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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.
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for the sake of somebody/something

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for somebody’s/something’s sake

in order to help somebody/something or because you like somebody/something: They stayed together for the sake of the children.You can do it. Please, for my sake.I hope you’re right, for all our sakes (= because this is important for all of us).
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References in classic literature ?
It was at Circle City, ere the year was out, that Pete's apprehensions were realized.
'Casbah Close' will be named in recognition of the cafe Pete's mum Mona opened in Hayman's Green, West Derby in 1959.
Pete's saddle soreness pales into insignificance when he talks about his horrific diving experience in Redcar in April 2007.
The foundation was set up to honour Pete's friend, Lieutenant John Thornton, who died serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan in March 2008.
In 1999, with Pete's condition deteriorating fast, the couple, who had been trying for a baby, decided to opt for a sperm donor.
A spokesman for Pete's record label, Parlophone, said: "It was an unprovoked attack and he didn't retaliate."
But tearful Nikki told The People last week that she could NEVER satisfy Pete's rampant lust - and neither could any normal girl.
Following Pete's discovery and befriending of Annie, The Adventures Of Pelican Pete: Annie The River Otter will simply captivate children ages 4 to 8 with its wonderful art work and an important underlying story theme of what friendship really means.
How dare Mr Potter brand all the callers to Pete's phone-in as cranks.
Pete's Summer Brew will be sold through September, supported by a new "Sneak One While You Can" promotion that features a "Summer Sneakstakes" giveaway.
Casbah Close will be named in recognition of the cafe Pete's mum Mona opened in Hayman's Green, West Derby in 1959.
The youngsters were earlier dropped off by a nanny at the home of Pete's manager Claire Powell in West Sussex, where he is staying in a spare room.
I'd say Pete's equally close to all three mates, but their friendships are strong for different reasons.
Phil, 57, Pete's favourite uncle, added: "That is why they want to get married.