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just out of interest | as a matter of interest

This page is about the conversational phrase just out of interest | as a matter of interest

Meaning

You can say this before asking for information you're interested in, but have no intention of using for any other purpose.

For example

  • "Just out of interest, how much did they get for their house?"

  • "As a matter of interest, how long did the negotiations take before they signed the contract?"

Quick Quiz

You can say "Just out of interest" or "As a matter of interest" before asking for

a. information you need

b. help in getting information

c. information you find interesting

Contributor: Matt Errey