for the love of Mike
- (euphemistic) For the love of God.
1921 April 16, Achmed Abdullah, “Framed at the Benefactor’s Club”, in Detective Story Magazine; republished in Fear and Other Stories from the Pulps, [Holicong, Pa.?]: Wildside Press, 2005, ISBN 978-1-59224-233-7, chapter IV (In His Pocket), page 104:
- "[…] But the police have an idea that I committed—" / "What—for the love of Mike?" / "Murder!" / "Good heavens!" / "And that isn't all, Bob. They've a couple of bakers' dozens of witnesses, all cocked and primed to swear to it!"
- 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
- "Ted, you listen to Mr. Thompson!" said Howard Littlefield. "Oh, for the love o' Mike, I am listening!" Ted shouted.
- 1942, Upton Sinclair, Dragon's Teeth
- "For the love of Mike! What did you pay?" "Ten thousand francs apiece." "But, Irma, that's preposterous! He never got half that for a painting in all his life."