behoof


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be·hoof

(bĭ-ho͞of′)
n.
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.]
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behoof

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

(bɪˈhuf)

n., pl. -hooves (ˈhuvz)
advantage; benefit.
[before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need]
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References in classic literature ?
At any rate, musty parchments and title-deeds there were none on the island; and I am half inclined to believe that its inhabitants hold their broad valleys in fee simple from Nature herself; to have and to hold, so long as grass grows and water runs; or until their French visitors, by a summary mode of conveyancing, shall appropriate them to their own benefit and behoof.
He rather looked upon it as one of those beautiful dispensations which are inscrutably brought about for the behoof and advantage of good men.
Gradgrind, for the general behoof of all the little pitchers.