see also sake2
seɪk ; seɪk
for Christ's, God's, goodness', heaven's, pity's, etc. sake
used to emphasize that it is important to do something or when you are annoyed about somethingDo be careful, for goodness' sake.Oh, for heaven's sake!For pity's sake, help me!
HelpSome people find the use of Christ, God or heaven here offensive.
for something's sake
because of the interest or value something has, not because of the advantages it may bringI believe in education for its own sake.art for art's sake
for the sake of somebody/something|
for somebody's/something's sake
in order to help somebody/something or because you like somebody/somethingThey 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).
more at for old times' sake at old
for the sake of something/of doing something
in order to get or keep somethingThe translation sacrifices naturalness for the sake of accuracy.She gave up smoking for the sake of her health.Don't get married just for the sake of it.Let's suppose, for the sake of argument(= in order to have a discussion), that interest rates went up by 2%.