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    Does "for the benefit of the principal" mean "for the good feeling of the principal"?


    When I returned from school the next afternoon, Mother
    smiled as if she had won a milliondollar sweepstakes. She told
    me how she had dressed up to see the principal, with her infant
    son Russell in her arms. Mother told me how she had explained
    to the principal how David had an overactive imagination.
    Mother told him how David had often struck and scratched
    himself to get attention, since the recent birth of his new brother,
    Russell. I could imagine her turning on her snakelike charm as
    she cuddled Russell for the benefit of the principal. At the end of
    their talk, Mother said that she was more than happy to
    cooperate with the school. She said they could call her any time
    there was a problem with David. Mother said the staff at school
    had been instructed to pay no attention to my wild stories of

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    Re: Does "for the benefit of the principal" mean "for the good feeling of the princip

    I admit that it's not easy to find the answers to this one in all dictionaries, but the site we often direct you to has over a hundred. It will be to your own benefit if you start really using the dictionaries there. Looking at all the definitions, trying to find one that fits your case, can be very useful.

    You'll find the answer you want here.

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