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a vested interest

Meaning: If you have a vested interest in something, you have a strong personal interest in it because you stand to gain from it.

For example:

  • The Minister of Commerce is suspected of having vested interests in several companies that have won big government contracts recently.

  • As both a shareholder in a publishing company and a published author, the newspaper's book reviewer is seen as having vested interests in certain publishers.

Note: This idiom is mostly used in reference to people who use their power or influence unethically for their personal benefit.

Quick Quiz:

Which type of person is most often accused of corruption involving vested interests in companies?
  1. English teachers
  2. dairy farmers
  3. politicians

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