for the common/public good

idiom

: in order to help or benefit everyone
citizens working together for the common/public good

Examples of for the common/public good in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How will your community, organization, or business be part of the ‘charge’ to boost solar for the common good of our country? Nicholas Wyman, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 New Fortune landed the West Coast premiere of Scottish playwright David Harrower’s 90-minute modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play about a crusading Norwegian doctor who loses everything in his fight for the public good against his town’s corrupt leaders. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2023 The conceptually simple possibility that better transit options could be provided by government, as a collective undertaking for the public good—and that this might be preferable to developing a radically new technology—is treated as an obvious non-starter. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 On top of this are the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, whose profits are considered private income but is money that republicans argue could be diverted for the public good if the funding of the monarchy (or the monarchy itself) was overhauled. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2023 Cities broadly hold power to alter public streets and spaces for the public good. Emily Badger, New York Times, 1 July 2023 Campaigners also argue that the money that the King receives from the Duchy of Lancaster and the Prince of Wales receives from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is millions each year and is sometimes referred to as private money, could be diverted for the public good if the monarchy was abolished. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 29 June 2023 The world's extraordinary progress on COVID vaccines and therapeutics has shown what a coordinated effort across government and industry can accomplish in short order for the public good. Esther K. Choo, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2023 The end result was that the unions colluded with an allegedly environmentalist governor in protecting Silicon Valley’s billions from the insult of being expropriated for the public good. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 29 Nov. 2022

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“For the common/public good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for%20the%20common%2Fpublic%20good. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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