special interest


: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests
especially : lobby

Example Sentences

promised that as governor he would never be beholden to special interests
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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of special interest was in 1906

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“Special interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20interest. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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