ax to grind

ax to grind
phrasal an ulterior often selfish underlying purpose <
claims that he has no ax to grind in criticizing the proposed law
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ax to grind — [n] hidden motive agenda, driving force, hidden agenda, incentive, motivation, motive, reason, score to settle*; concepts 20,661,689 …   New thesaurus

  • ax to grind — phrasal : a selfish end to gain : an ulterior purpose to further * * * ax to grind : a hidden and often selfish purpose for doing something. He had a political ax to grind with his opponent. She claims that she has no ax to grind in criticizing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ax to grind — {n. phr.}, {informal} Something to gain for yourself: a selfish reason. * /In praising movies for classroom use he has an ax to grind; he sells motion picture equipment./ * /When Charles told the teacher he saw Arthur copying his homework from… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ax to grind — {n. phr.}, {informal} Something to gain for yourself: a selfish reason. * /In praising movies for classroom use he has an ax to grind; he sells motion picture equipment./ * /When Charles told the teacher he saw Arthur copying his homework from… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ax\ to\ grind — n. phr. informal Something to gain for yourself: a selfish reason. In praising movies for classroom use he has an ax to grind; he sells motion picture equipment. When Charles told the teacher he saw Arthur copying his homework from Jim, he had an …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ax to grind (having an) — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) wanting or going after something for self serving reasons, not for the unselfish reasons sometimes presented; a hidden motive. His support of the project appeard to be civil minded; in reality he had an ax to grind. SYN …   English dictionary for students

  • have an ax to grind — 1. to have a selfish reason for saying or doing something. The best reporting is done by people who don t have an ax to grind. After you get the same complaints from a number of people, you begin to think it may not be just people who have… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have an ax to grind — have a self serving reason for doing or being involved in something she joined the board because she had an ax to grind with the school system …   Useful english dictionary

  • have an ax to grind — (Slang) have a point of contention, have an issue that one wants to discuss …   English contemporary dictionary

  • have an ax to grind — idi to have a particular personal or selfish motive …   From formal English to slang

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