special interest


Definition of special interest

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

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Examples of special interest in a Sentence

promised that as governor he would never be beholden to special interests
Recent Examples on the Web No special interest, no other person -- my interest is in serving you to the best of my ability. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 The elite class has plenty of special interest groups and lobbyists to represent them. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 5 Jan. 2022 Those for whom its shifting frames of reference present a visual game of special interest will likely know early on that this show is for them; for the rest of the audience, an Olivia Colman-David Thewlis acting duet is nothing to sneeze at. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 Dec. 2021 One name of special interest to readers in Alabama is Courteney Cox, a Birmingham native who turns out to be Copeland’s cousin. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 4 Nov. 2021 But Angelenos might find a project that Culture Clash was working on during the pandemic to be of special interest. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Also of special interest are core exhibits that showcase the unsung aspects of moviemaking. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Of special interest were the comments of the father of the Canadian tennis star going into the final. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 As a scholar of Chinese religions, these considerable changes are of special interest to me. Mario Poceski, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of special interest

1906, in the meaning defined above

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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 27 Jan. 2022.

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: a group that tries to influence the people who run a government in order to help a particular business, cause, industry, etc.


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