for the sake of appearances


: because other people think it is the proper thing to do
She is only attending the banquet for the sake of appearances.

Examples of for the sake of appearances in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The more these can be aligned with allies, the better, but as overseer of the global reserve currency, the U.S. is in a unique position to make unilateral impact and should not hold back for the sake of appearances of solidarity. Nate Sibley, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 The Jets should not rush him out there simply for the sake of appearances. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 12 May 2021

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“For the sake of appearances.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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