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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 ?
Then the miser said, 'Bind me fast, bind me fast, for pity's sake.
my beloved Laura (cried Sophia) for pity's sake forbear recalling to my remembrance the unhappy situation of my imprisoned Husband.
Doctor, I resist no longer -- I can no longer defend myself -- I believe you; but, for pity's sake, spare my life, my honor
For pity's sake," said the executioner, extending his arms.
Augusta, for pity's sake, don't destroy my last illusions' --and how am I to prevent his knowing these horrors?
For pity's sake, Gilbert, don't develop into a match-maker.
Ah, countess, you really must take me, for pity's sake do take me to see them
For pity's sake take your poor, broken-down chum to some place where she can hear herself think.
He had the air of a man oppressed by business, weary and suffering, who yet would not, for pity's sake, leave this helpless youth who, after all, was the son of his old friend and the possessor of such enormous wealth, to the caprice of fate and the designs of rogues.
For pity's sake put the axe down; you are not the woodman any longer
But for pity's sake, I urge you, please don't take their Irn Bru
For pity's sake, I KNOW I told you I loved you with all my heart and wanted nothing more than to marry you, but, come on, obviously I was only joking"?
Whereas my kids even eat taramasalata (or 'pink houmous' as we prefer to call it), for pity's sake.
For pity's sake let us help these children and their families.
For pity's sake, it was far from ideal, but could Brum not have made do with the old Central Library rather than building a sparkling new edifice that will stand empty for much of the time?