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ruling passion

noun

an interest or concern that occupies a large part of someone's time and effort

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  • Their recent bickering was wholly forgotten in the ruling passion for “draw.”

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • With Mary, though her ruling principle was ambition, her ruling passion was love.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • With Elizabeth, ambition was the ruling principle, and the ruling passion too.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • A contemptible love of fun and frolic is the ruling passion of her life.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • We must make allowances for Madame de Fleury's ruling passion.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • It may be said of him that gratitude became the ruling passion of his heart.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • The ruling passion of the villain's life was his love for his daughter.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • Jealousy of the royal power, however, was still a ruling passion.

  • Well, it is something to have found out that vanity is the ruling passion.

    Clair de Lune

    Michael Strange
  • After all they were amateurs, and the ruling passion of my life was—the detestation of the amateur.

    Some Short Stories Henry James

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