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Benefit; advantage: using public funds for their own behoof.

[Middle English bihove, from Old English behōf; see kap- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -hooves
rare advantage or profit
[Old English behōf; related to Middle High German behuof something useful; see behove]



n., pl. -hooves (ˈhuvz)
advantage; benefit.
[before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need]
References in classic literature ?
It would be greatly for the public behoof if we women, being of mature age and church-members in good repute, should have the handling of such malefactresses as this Hester Prynne.
If I could have supposed that my aunt had recounted these particulars for my especial behoof, and as a piece of confidence in me, I should have felt very much distinguished, and should have augured favourably from such a mark of her good opinion.
Yes, young man," said he, releasing the handle of the article in question, retiring a step or two from my table, and speaking for the behoof of the landlord and waiter at the door, "I will leave that teapot alone.