for the love of me

for the love of me

1. Despite my best efforts; no matter what. I just can't, for the love of me, understand why you would do something so reckless? I know I left my keys here somewhere, but I can't for the love of me find them.
2. obsolete Because the person being referred to loves the speaker. You would die for the love of me? No, John, I cannot let that happen!
See also: for, love, of
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