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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
1785-1790
1785-90, Americanism
Related forms
special-interest, adjective

special-interest group

[spesh-uh l in-ter-ist, in-trist] /ˈspɛʃ əl ˈɪn tər ɪst, ˈɪn trɪst/
noun
1.
Also called special interest. a body of persons, corporation, or industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment, especially through legislation.
2.
Digital Technology. a subgroup within a user group where members share information or research in specialized fields.
Abbreviation: SIG.
Origin
1920-25
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