for the love of
For the sake of, in consideration of. For example, She signed up for all these volunteer jobs for the love of praise. [c. 1200]
for the love of Pete or Mike or God. An exclamation of surprise, exasperation, or some similar feeling, as in For the love of Pete, give me the money! James Joyce used this idiom in Ulysses (1922): “For the love of Mike listen to him.” Pete and Mike are euphemisms for God. [Early 1900s] Also see for the sake of, def. 3.
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In this case, I suspect, there was co-operant a strongly marked childish characteristic, the love of producing an effect.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The well-known "cock and bull" stories of small children are inspired by this love of strong effect.
Women generally consider consequences in love, seldom in resentment.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
And as she hesitated between obedience to one and duty toward the other, her life, her love and future was in the balance.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux