Everyone laughed when Albert went to work in his baggy pants. Everyone but Albert. He punched one of his workmates in the eye. And that is when the joke really fell flat. For the incident led to a strike which crippled production at carpet factory.

I think here "for" means "because of", but I doubt it because the whole sentence is unclear to me.

I am very thankful for your help.

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    Yes, it does mean "because". A strike which crippled production at a carpet factory occurred because Albert punched one of his workmates in the eye.
    – BillJ
    Jun 22, 2018 at 18:48
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    What is the source? It would be helpful to know when and where this was written.
    – user3169
    Jun 22, 2018 at 20:22

2 Answers 2


You use a good dictionary to find out the meaning of a word.

for preposition (BECAUSE OF) ​ A2 because of or as a result of something:

I'm feeling all the better for my holiday. "How are you?" "Fine, and all the better for seeing you!" She did 15 years in prison for murder. I don't eat meat for various reasons. I couldn't see for the tears in my eyes. The things you do for love! He's widely disliked in the company for his arrogance. She couldn't talk for coughing (= she was coughing too much to talk). Scotland is famous for its spectacular countryside. He's best remembered for his novels. I didn't say anything for fear of (= because I was frightened of) offending him.

For (Cambridge Dictionaries)


"For" indeed means "because of," or "due to." It's not commonly used these days, outside of poetry and music. See the third definition here: for preposition (BECAUSE OF).

There's a famous poem which starts:

For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost

Which means "because a nail was missing, the [horse]shoe was lost."

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