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. See the calmness of the night, the solitude of the spot, inviting us to break our slumbers by a vigil of some sort.
She writes me word that the visit, however embarrassing it may be to us privately, is nevertheless a visit that must be made for the sake of appearances. Blessings on 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.'
He had not drunk a drop of wine all this time and had ordered tea more for the sake of appearances than anything.
All that you are saying you are saying but for show; but, when people have just said to you, Of course we do not wish to turn you out, yet, for the sake of appearance's, you must PERMIT yourself to be turned out,' nothing can matter very much."
"I understand both of them have agreed that, for the sake of appearances, they really wanted to look as if they get on," Nicholl said.
Lawyer James B Donovan (Tom Hanks, pictured with Rylance) is asked to mount a defence for the sake of appearances. Abel is convicted, but when US pilot, Francis Gary Powers is shot down over the Soviet Union, Donovan goes to Berlin to broker a prisoner exchange.
Lawyer James B Donovan (Tom Hanks, pictured with Rylance) is asked to mount a defence for the sake of appearances. Abel is convicted, but when US pilot, Francis Gary Powers, is shot down over the Soviet Union, Donovan goes to Berlin to broker a prisoner exchange.
'They should not be held just for the sake of appearances. I do not believe that the people who did not vote are anti-democratic,' Chanrath said.
The latter would no longer be all white, though the exclusive fraternity was willing, for the sake of appearances, to accept an infusion of colour.
"Obviously shorts and flip flops won't be the right attire for all workers, but no-one should be made to suffer unnecessarily in the heat for the sake of appearances."