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Give me five

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

Give me five


vested interest


(n)


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.


cynical


(adj)


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.


bedrock


(n)


the principles, ideas or facts on which something is based


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


drain


(n)


something that uses up resources


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


overriding


(adj)


being more important than anything else


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


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