a conflict of interest


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a conflict of interest

A situation that is problematic because various components of it are incompatible or in opposition. A: "I heard that officer was removed from the case due to a conflict of interest." B: "Yeah, his cousin is now one of the suspects."
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conflict of ˈinterest(s)

a situation in which there are two jobs, aims, roles, etc. and it is not possible for both of them to be treated equally and fairly at the same time: There was a conflict of interest between his business dealings and his political activities.
See also: conflict, interest, of
References in classic literature ?
There is no such thing as a conflict of interest between labor and capital--or, rather, there ought not to be.
When there is only so much of the same thing, and when two men want all they can get of the same thing, there is a conflict of interest between labor and capital.
You think it is a class conflict, or a conflict of interests, as social contests are with you in Europe.
You say it is not a conflict of classes and not a conflict of interests.
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