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Contemporary Examples of behalf

Historical Examples of behalf

  • He then went on to recount her labors and sacrifices in behalf of her race.

  • Captain Birch briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers.

  • It is as eager on behalf of the man behind a counter as on that of him who is governing a country.

  • Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Here no voice was raised in its favor—no word of justification advanced in its behalf.

    Ridgeway

    Scian Dubh


British Dictionary definitions for behalf

behalf

noun
  1. 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 for behalf

Old English be halfe from be by + halfe side; compare Old Norse af halfu

usage

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 behalf
n.

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 behalf

behalf

see in behalf of.

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