I was certain that the "phrase" (the) overall sake exist until I have typed it on Google search box to find no result containing it as a whole.

So, I want to know if it exists in English and if it would mean what I want to convey which is "for the sake of the majority of people".

  • I have also searched for a phrase to indicate that meaning but didn't find a one.

For example:

Even if it wasn't to your approbation, it would be for the overall sake.


You can say

  • for everybody's sake
  • for the sake of everybody
  • for all our sakes

Or any smaller group:

  • for the whole team's sake
  • for both our sakes
  • for everybody else's sake
  • She did for the sake of everybody else (for their benefit)
  • She did it for the sake of everybody but him (for benefit of others except one)
  • She did it for the sake of everybody but herself (for benefit of others excluding the one who did the action)
  • Thank you for the suggestions, but is there a way to exclude that person from the phrase as it is not for her sake but for the rest's sake? – Tasneem ZH May 3 '19 at 6:45
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    Added a few more examples including "She did it for the sake of everybody else" or "sake of everybody but herself" – jonathanjo May 3 '19 at 7:18

This is not a typical phrase but you could use something like "For the sake of everyone involved" or "For everyone's sake"...

Hope that helps.

  • Thank you for your answer. Do you by typical mean that it is incorrect and can't possibly be used? – Tasneem ZH May 3 '19 at 6:47
  • what I mean is your original "the overall sake" is not typical. Which means it's not necessarily incorrect however, yes, it is incorrect. Use something like the above answers suggest. @TasneemZH – grendeld May 3 '19 at 13:26

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