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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


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 ?
He was just asking for the sake of something to talk about.
I was busy out in the garden, as you saw, turning the soil over for the sake of something to do.
People readily demonstrate a willingness to sacrifice their safety and survival for the sake of something beyond themselves, such as family, country or justice.
This process takes different forms — installations, guided tours, journaling, documentation — all for the sake of something Falleiros calls 'deep truth' art research.
Now we call that which is in itself worthy of pursuit more final than that which is worthy of pursuit for the sake of something else, and that which is never desirable for the sake of something else more final than the things that are desirable both in themselves and for the sake of that other thing, and therefore we call final without qualification that which is always desirable in itself and never for the sake of something else.
When nations rise above themselves for the sake of something grander, it is a force to be reckoned with.
We don't think, 'Oh we're getting into various states of undress for the sake of something sexual.
I don't see how anyone can hold something as central to their universe and divorce it from some aspect of their life, and I really hope they don't do it for the sake of something called "unschooling.
2 : to give up (something) especially for the sake of something or someone else <They sacrificed their lives for their country.
And both of these are used by the nature <of the embryo> insofar as they have a capacity for making one thing this way and another that way from necessity; so that in the context of development at any rate it is for the sake of something that the heating and cooling of these and the formation of each of the parts takes place, the flesh being made soft--heating and cooling making it such on the one hand from necessity and on the other hand for the sake of something--while sinew is made solid and elastic, and bone solid and brittle.
Fools may act silly and, well, foolish, but, underneath, their real job is to speak, sing, rhyme and uncover for the sake of something more profound.
Indian academic Rajmohan Gandhi writes, 'When inspired genius is willing to renounce ease and glory for the sake of something greater, the impact is huge.
Did some fashion editor at Vogue get so bored of writing articles about Liz Hurley wearing the same white jeans for 10 years that she decided with a sigh that for the sake of something to write about, it was about time they revived a long-forgotten fashion crime?
Thus, even liberal education can be seen to be for the sake of something beyond itself, namely, the activity and enjoyment of leisure.