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special pleading

noun [U] uk   us  
the act of arguing from a particular case in order to get an unfair advantage in a more general situation
Translations of “special pleading”
in Chinese (Traditional) 特殊答辯法,詭辯術, 自圓其說的議論…
in Chinese (Simplified) 特殊答辩法,诡辩术…
(Definition of special pleading from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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