for the sake of appearances

See: pro forma
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It is the duty of good servants to share the sufferings and feel the sorrows of their masters, if it be only for the sake of appearances.
The Count, for the sake of appearances, came as far as the threshold.
Pickwick; 'I am not going to be shot in a wheel-barrow, for the sake of appearances, to please anybody.
legal maven Thomas Watters Jr (Alan Alda) enlists one of his best lawyers, James B donovan (Tom Hanks), to mount a credible defence for the sake of appearances even though the odds are stacked against a fair trial.
James B Donovan (Hanks), is enlisted to mount a credible defence for the sake of appearances even though the odds are stacked against a fair trial.
Falling in love is a perilous business in the movie: young hearts are crushed by the conventions of the time, and women are expected to marry for the sake of appearances.
They must now either shriek their indignation or, for the sake of appearances, dredge for virtue in the alien find and discover much to approve, even as they fervently hope their child will see sense.
Correct versions of history through which we can learn from our mistakes is also essential, no papering over cracks for the sake of appearances.
While each side must for the sake of appearances be seen to be seeking a deal, one way out is to go over the cliff, then fix the problem in the first days of next year.
For the sake of appearances, China and India will continue to show their commitment to cleaner energy and reducing C[O.
If jockeys are prevented from using the whip as a spur, racing becomes a woolier version of itself only for the sake of appearances.
Or scramble some sort of B-team together for the sake of appearances.