One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Willingly undertake an unpleasant task or make a personal sacrifice for the collective benefit of one's friends or colleagues.‘I took one for the team by naming myself the designated driver’
- ‘It's all about working together and personal sacrifice, taking one for the team.’
- ‘There's a difference between taking one for the team and being the fall guy.’
- ‘Someday soon I hope we won't have to make that kind of choice, but for now, in the interest of improving visibility for women overall, we should be more than willing to take this one for the team.’
- ‘If public workers are willing to take one for the team, so to speak, they'll garner considerably more goodwill.’
- ‘You've got to take one for the team sometimes.’
- ‘Learning of her father's desperate finances, she decides to take one for the team and marry Roger.’
- ‘Props to Tony for taking one for the team.’
- ‘He's not happy with the pay freeze, but he's willing to take one for the team.’
- ‘There is a balance between striking out as an individual and taking one for the team.’
- ‘Sometimes you have to take one for the team, especially when your team is the Human Race.’
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