special-case

special-case

To write unique code to handle input to or situations arising in a program that are somehow distinguished from normal processing. This would be used for processing of mode switches or interrupt characters in an interactive interface (as opposed, say, to text entry or normal commands), or for processing of hidden flags in the input of a batch program or filter.
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If there is a special one-off opportunity where Lee and his team come up with someone who might be out of the ordinary then we'll look at it on a special-case basis," he explained.
The Association of North East Councils is backing a call from Northumberland County Council for the Government to agree that the A1 is a special-case road.

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