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use; advantage; benefit:
The money was spent for his own behoof.
Historical Examples

I wish to say that the tobacco lavished upon the espada was collected for the behoof of all the prisoners.
Literature and Life William Dean Howells

“Nay, I would not have you peril your life for my behoof,” she replied, with a smile.
The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston

And this bewildered idealist was a very bigot in behoof of the common-sensical satirist, the almost peevish realist—Pope!
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847. Various

If ye do well, to your own behoof will ye do it; and if ye do evil, against yourselves will ye do it.
Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou

I could wish therefore, that, for their benefit and behoof, this circumstance were omitted.
The Works of William Cowper William Cowper

If sages were ever wise in their own behoof, I might have foreseen all this.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wolfersdorf captures 68 of them, for behoof of Grossenhayn; and sends the remaining 32 galloping home.
History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIX. (of XXI.) Thomas Carlyle

Government is not for the behoof of rulers, but of the ruled also.
A Defence of Virginia Robert L. Dabney

Even the chapel-service has been brightened up for their behoof.
Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies

She could almost believe that he had been specially made and destined for her behoof.
Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope

noun (pl) -hooves
(rare) advantage or profit

c.1200, “use, benefit, advantage;” Old English had bihoflic “useful,” implying *bihof “advantage, utility;” from Proto-Germanic *bi-hof “that which binds, requirement, obligation” (cf. Old Frisian bihof “advantage,” Dutch behoef, Middle High German bihuof “useful thing,” German Behuf “benefit, use, advantage”). In the common Germanic compound, the first element, likely intensive, is cognate with be- and the second with Old English hof, past tense of hebban “to raise” (see heave (v.)). The original sense is perhaps, then, “taking up (for oneself).”


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