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1. Pursuing only one's own ends or interests.
2. Exhibiting concern only with promoting one's own ends or interests: self-seeking maneuvers.
Determined pursuit of one's own ends or interests.
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|Noun||1.||self-seeker - a person who places expediency above principle|
backscratcher - someone who is willing to trade favors or services for mutual advantage
bottom feeder - an opportunist who profits from the misfortunes of others
carpetbagger - an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously; "after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried to take over the south"
wheeler dealer, hustler, operator - a shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties
selfish person - a person who is unusually selfish
timeserver - one who conforms to current ways and opinions for personal advantage