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.
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.
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.
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.
Donovan (Tom Hanks), to mount a credible defence for the sake of appearances even though the odds are stacked against a fair trial.
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.
And for the sake of appearances, the chart's creator may feel compelled to put something in every one of the 144 spaces made available.