axe to grind


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axe to grind

A selfish or ulterior aim: He claimed to be disinterested, but I knew he had an axe to grind.
See also: axe, grind
References in classic literature ?
But each of them had a prize to win, a goal to kick, an axe to grind, a race to run, a new thrust in tierce to deliver, a name to carve, a crow to pick--so they were not followers of true adventure.
I am sick and tired of reading criticism of the National Health Service, usually by magic-wand bearing Labour politicians and other people with an axe to grind, who can cure everything overnight.
Even on the happiest day of his life, our embittered thesp has an axe to grind.
Even on E the happiest day of his life, our embittered thesp has an axe to grind.
Unless they are being bankrolled by somebody with financial resources with an axe to grind, I cannot understand why disgruntled supporters continue to attend matches and further contribute to Ashley's wealth and go to the expense of producing 30,000 placards and 100 flags.
Lily: give credit where it's due Another week, another Lily Allen axe to grind.
The two parties do not want the government to collapse at this juncture, even though they have their own axe to grind on alleged misuse of CBI.
I didn't want it to be co-opted by people who had an axe to grind or who wanted to make a certain point, and use the movie for those purposes.
MPs are never slow to get on their soap boxes but yesterday it was hard to disagree with criticism of the BBC, even from Conservatives with a political axe to grind.
BLACKPOOL V WEST HAM, CH'SHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL, TODAY, 3PM: Sam Allardyce insists he has no axe to grind with Blackpool ahead of West Ham's Wembley encounter with his former club.
They were beaten up so badly it was as if [the police] had a personal axe to grind against our workers," Tripathi claimed.
We need to benefit the majority, not the vocal backward-looking minority with an axe to grind.
The last thing we need is someone with an axe to grind saying bad things about the show before it even starts," a source said.
Senior Border Agency sources claimed Ms Perrett could be making up the allegations because she had an axe to grind, a claim she denied.
I've never been abroad and have no plans to do so, so have no axe to grind, but how on earth can anyone in their right mind bring in such a law?