sacrifice (someone or something) for (someone or something else)

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sacrifice (someone or something) for (someone or something else)

1. To give up, relinquish, or surrender someone or something in order to obtain someone or something, benefit someone or something, or achieve some purpose. I had to sacrifice my favorite three baseball cards to get my hands on the ultra-rare Mickey Mantle card Tom was carrying. He sacrificed a lot of opportunities for you, and this is how you repay him? I don't mind sacrificing a weekend for a chance to win a million dollars on TV.
2. To permit harm, death, destruction, or failure to someone or something in order to obtain something or for some purpose. Their government is clearly willing to sacrifice its citizens for this foolish war. Sarah sacrificed a lot of friendships and relationships for her place at the head of the company.
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sacrifice someone or something for someone or something

to forfeit someone or something for the sake of someone or something. Surely you won't sacrifice your dear wife for a silly twit like Francine! Would you sacrifice your bank account for a chance to go to Europe?
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It was once coined that the ultimate measure of a man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
You can also sacrifice something for the 40 days that has significance in your life.
Practicing Roman Catholics traditionally sacrifice something for the (http://ibtimes.com/lent-fasting-abstinence-rules-2016-how-start-penance-ash-wednesday-2293089) 40 days and 40 nights of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, but they are also instructed to abstain from meat on Fridays during this time.
For any partnership to be successful, both partners must be willing to sacrifice something for the greater good of the partnership.
"I usually complain that people are oblivious here and have no empathy, but there are so many people I know who would actually try to help and are always willing to sacrifice something for someone else," she said.
If you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this JIHADIST 'BRITISH' Jihadist called himself Abu Dujana Al Hindi 'BRITISH' Armed Abu Muthana Al Yemeni in the video 'BRITISH' Abu Bara Al Hindi spoke of 'depression' in West 'AUSSIE' Abu Yahya Ash Shami had Oz accent
Then if you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this." Another militant says: "You are going to die anyway."
"I get freezing cold at night, but I believe in what we are doing, and I am happy to sacrifice something for it" - Tammy Lawrence, a St Paul's Cathedral protester, saying that she intended to stay put.
"I get freezing cold at night, but I believe in what we're doing and I'm happy to sacrifice something for it," she said.
Unfortunately, sometimes you have to sacrifice something for the luxury of being able to try it before you buy it.
Generally, Puccini operas tell us that the most difficult thing in life is to sacrifice something for someone, and what is the strongest sacrifice is your life.
Author and entrepreneur Andy Green is campaigning to get the five days of Twixtmas recognised as part of the annual calendar, while www.twixtmas.com encourages you to use the five days to do something for yourself, sacrifice something for others, to reach out to a friend, to do something to help preserve the Earth and to pause to look ahead.