be hoof

behoof

[bih-hoof]
noun, plural behooves [bih-hoovz] .
use; advantage; benefit: The money was spent for his own behoof.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need; cognate with Dutch behoef, German Behuf

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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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behoof
c.1200, "use, benefit, advantage;" O.E. had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, utility;" from P.Gmc. *bihafjan (cf. O.Fris. bihof, Du. behoef, M.H.G. bihuof, Ger. behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). In the common Germanic compound, the first element is cognate with
be- and the second with O.E. hof, past tense of hebban "to raise" (see heave). The original sense is perhaps, then, "taking up (for oneself)."
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