special interest
noun Date: 1910 a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests; especially lobby

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  • special interest — noun count often plural AMERICAN an organization or industry that tries to influence politicians on a particular issue: The special interests in the oil industry would like to block this legislation …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • special interest — special interest, adj. a body of persons, corporation, or industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment, esp. through legislation. [1905 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • special interest — noun advocate, appealer, aspirant, influencer, instigator, lobby, lobbyist, mover, petitioner, pressure group, prompter, seeker, solicitor, suggester, suitor, suppliant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • special interest — noun an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor • Hypernyms: ↑interest, ↑interest group * * * noun, pl ⋯ ests [count] chiefly US : a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • special interest — UK / US noun [countable, often plural] Word forms special interest : singular special interest plural special interests mainly American an organization or industry that tries to achieve social or political change on a particular issue The special …   English dictionary

  • special-interest — See special interest. * * * …   Universalium

  • special-interest — adj. Special interest is used with these nouns: ↑group, ↑magazine …   Collocations dictionary

  • special interest — spe′cial in′terest n. gov a body of persons, a corporation, or an industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment, esp. through legislation • Etymology: 1905–10, amer. spe′cial in′terest, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • special interest group — UK US noun [countable] [singular special interest group plural special interest groups] a group of people who are trying to achieve social or political change on a particular issue Thesaurus: groups of people with shared interests or aims …   Useful english dictionary

  • Special-Interest-Zeitschrift — Special Interest Zeitschriften sind Zeitschriften, die sich an Leser mit einem bestimmten Interessengebiet wenden. In Deutschland bilden sie mit 23% der ca. 22.000 erscheinenden Titel die bedeutendste Gruppe der Zeitschriften. [1]… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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