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vested interest

noun uk   /ˌves.tɪdˈɪn.tər.est/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/
[C] a strong personal interest in something because you could get an advantage from it: As both a teacher and parent, she had a vested interest in seeing the school remain open.Unfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness vested interests [plural] often disapproving people or organizations who have a financial or personal interest in a business, company, or existing system: A compromise has to be reached between all the powerful vested interests before any restoration work in the city can take place.Savings, interest and capitalBusiness and commerce - general words
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