for (one's) (own) sake

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for (one's) (own) sake

Out of regard or respect for someone or oneself; for the benefit, advantage, or good of oneself or another person. For my own sake, I'm going to take a few extra days off at Christmas to spend with my family. For Jonathan's sake, we need to be sure to find a restaurant that is sensitive to peanut allergies.
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for someone (or something's) sake

 and for the sake of someone or something
for the purpose or benefit of someone or something; to satisfy the demands of someone or something. I made a meatless dinner for John's sake; he's a vegetarian. The teacher repeated the assignment for the sake of the slower students.
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for one's (own) sake

for one's good or benefit; in honor of someone. I have to earn a living for my family's sake. I did it for my mother's sake.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
In the highest class, I replied,--among those goods which he who would be happy desires both for their own sake and for the sake of their results.
Let me ask you now:--How would you arrange goods--are there not some which we welcome for their own sakes, and independently of their consequences, as, for example, harmless pleasures and enjoyments, which delight us at the time, although nothing follows from them?
And would you not recognize a third class, such as gymnastic, and the care of the sick, and the physician's art; also the various ways of money-making--these do us good but we regard them as disagreeable; and no one would choose them for their own sakes, but only for the sake of some reward or result which flows from them?
In this connection I should like to confess my surprise on finding that notwithstanding all its apparatus of analysis the story consists for the most part of physical impressions; impressions of sound and sight, railway station, streets, a trotting horse, reflections in mirrors and so on, rendered as if for their own sake and combined with a sublimated description of a desirable middle-class town-residence which somehow manages to produce a sinister effect.
He advised the PML-N leaders to save democratic institutions rather than fighting for their own sake. 'Supreme Court verdict will have long term consequences,' he said.
In large part that's true, but it isn't for certain types of activity, namely the things we want to do for their own sake. Research shows that where people want to do something, rewarding them for it can actually reduce enjoyment and undermine performance.
Since, however, mirth is useful for the sake of the rest and pleasures it affords; and since, in human life, pleasure and rest are not in quest for their own sake, but for the sake of operation, as stated in Ethic.
Aoun thanked Aridi on his efforts and accomplishments and on his facilitation of financial formalities, "as the nation cannot be built except by its sons and for their own sake, and all of us are in favor of building the nation." Aridi, for his part, underscored that their accomplishments have nothing to do at all with narrow political or personal considerations.
Quoting Aristotle, Newman noted that while useful possessions "bear fruit," liberal possessions are used only for their own sake, and when they are used "...
I would also advise the youths themselves to come forward as soon as possible for their own sake."
The sermon is, indeed, a teaching moment, but seldom should exegetical observations be offered for their own sake. On the other hand, it is at best harmonistic--and at worst a travesty of the text--to run roughshod over such distinctions as we have seen.
Formally, the work's vocabulary is related to geometric abstraction--the materials belong to the domain of construction, and the dialogue with architecture is patent: Lamouroux invokes certain characteristics of modern art history, not for their own sake but more broadly as components of a visual culture that has already assimilated them.
There will no cash for learning courses for their own sake.
Howell, Vanessa Harding, and John Guillory, go far beyond the usual conference commentary; they are worth reading for their own sake, not merely as appetizers.
Intrinsic values are "things" valued for their own sake. They are their own justification.