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special interest

noun
2.
a political or economic stake in something:
Japan had a special interest in the South China Sea.
Origin of special interest
1785-1790
1785-90, Americanism
Related forms
special-interest, adjective
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  • The only event of special interest that occurred during the absence of the scout was the coming of Sam Oliver.

    Scouting with Daniel Boone Everett T. Tomlinson
  • The teacher, too, feels a special interest in his experiment.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • It is old and well known, and it has special interest because it is directly on the International Boundary-line.

  • The surface is a matter of special interest in embroidery work.

  • Of special interest to us, though not of great importance is the only active volcano in the United States.

    Geology William J. Miller

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