Give me five

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 November, 2003, 12:00am

Give me five

vested interest


a very strong reason that someone has for acting in a particular way

Example: In the urban planning system, the government, which has a vested interest in land uses, is the sole decision-maker.



believing the worst of human nature, or that the worst outcome is most likely in a situation

Example: He has a cynical view of marriage.



the principles, ideas or facts on which something is based

Example: The Portuguese language forms the bedrock of Macau's legal corpus.



something that uses up resources

Example: The country is selling oil to plug a drain on its resources and pay its huge foreign debts.



being more important than anything else

Example: Reclamation should not be an option, unless there is an overriding need for it.