in (someone's) behalf

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in (one's) behalf

1. As an agent or representative of one; in lieu of one. The boss isn't here at the moment, but I'd be happy to sign for the package in her behalf. Our lawyer will be telephoning the department tomorrow in our behalf, to ensure our application goes through as planned.
2. In the interest or for the benefit of one. It's quite common, even natural, that children don't understand that everything their parents do is in their behalf. This decision is in your behalf, so don't act so ungrateful!
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in (someone's) behalf

1. As the representative of someone else; in lieu of someone. The boss isn't here at the moment, but I'd be happy to sign for the package in her behalf.
2. In the interest or for the benefit of someone else. Children don't understand until they're older that everything their parents do is in their behalf.
See also: behalf
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References in classic literature ?
And the gage having been delivered to the noble Lord and Knight, Brian de Bois-Guilbert, of the Holy Order of the Temple of Zion, he was appointed to do this battle, in behalf of his Order and himself, as injured and impaired by the practices of the appellant.
In behalf of the dignity of whaling, I would fain advance naught but substantiated facts.
I'd like to make a brief comment on the courageous bipartisan fight Russ Feingold and John McCain, Republican of Arizona, have made in Washington against powerful odds in behalf of campaign finance reform.