- in/on behalf of, as a representative of or a proxy for: On behalf of my colleagues, I address you tonight.
- in/on (someone's) behalf, in the interest or aid of (someone): He interceded in my behalf.
Origin of behalf
Examples from the Web for behalf
“Basically, I was contacted and asked if an appeal could be opened on my behalf,” she told me from her home in Providence.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
Companies like Delta, Apple, and Nike flex their political muscle on behalf of gay rights.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
Yet she spoke of his dignity in such an insane situation and when she touched on his pain she expressed her own on his behalf.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Please, Your Excellencies, consider my case with justice and intervene on my behalf.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
He co-authored the amicus brief filed on behalf of 23 pro-life groups.The Supreme Court Case Uniting Pro-Lifers & Pro-Choicers
December 3, 2014
Captain Birch briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers.Explorations in Australia
He then went on to recount her labors and sacrifices in behalf of her race.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
It is as eager on behalf of the man behind a counter as on that of him who is governing a country.The Conquest of Fear
Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.Within the Law
Here no voice was raised in its favor—no word of justification advanced in its behalf.Ridgeway
- interest, part, benefit, or respect (only in the phrases on (someone's) behalf, on or US and Canadian in behalf of, in this (or that) behalf)
Word Origin and History for behalf
c.1300, behalve (with dative suffix), from Old English (him) be healfe "by (his) side," and on (his) healfe "on (his) side," from healfe "side" (see half).
Idioms and Phrases with behalf
see in behalf of.