- 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
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- 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)
Old English be halfe from be by + halfe side; compare Old Norse af halfu
On behalf of is sometimes wrongly used where on the part of is intended. The distinction is that on behalf of someone means `for someone's benefit' or `representing someone', while on the part of someone can be roughly paraphrased as `by someone'. So, the following example is incorrect: another act of apparent negligence, this time not on behalf of the company itself, but on behalf of its banker, when what was meant was there was negligence by the company's banker
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Word Origin and History for on someone's 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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with on someone's behalf
on someone's behalf
see in behalf of.
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