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special interest

a political or economic stake in something:
Japan had a special interest in the South China Sea.
Origin of special interest
1785-90, Americanism
Related forms
special-interest, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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 special interest of the campaign centered in the menace of disunion.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • It is old and well known, and it has special interest because it is directly on the International Boundary-line.

  • That paper I came across has a special interest for me personally.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • 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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