Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.
“to take one for the team”: to make a sacrifice so that your team / the group can succeed
Example 1: Our poor communication with the client was a departmental problem. It wasn’t her fault, but Sam took one for the team and told the client that it had been her mistake. The client doesn’t want to deal with Sam now, but we were able to keep the contract.
Example 2: Laurence took one for the team – he missed the first two days of his vacation in Italy to finish the project.