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hidden agenda

A secret goal or an ulterior motive. I didn't trust Julie when she started being really nice to me out of the blue. It felt like she had a hidden agenda. I'm starting to wonder if the boss has a hidden agenda because he promised me the job but now he won't return my calls.
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(a) hidden agenda

Fig. a secret plan; a concealed plan; a plan disguised as a plan with another purpose. I am sure that the chairman has a hidden agenda. I never did trust him anyway.
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a hidden agenda

COMMON If someone has a hidden agenda, they are secretly trying to achieve something while they appear to be doing something else. The unions fear these tactics are part of a hidden agenda to reduce pay and conditions throughout the company. The hidden agenda of the Government's prison privatisation policy seems to have been exposed. Note: An agenda is a list of things that need to be dealt with, for example at a meeting.
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a hidden agenda

a person's real but concealed aims and intentions.
1993 New Scientist I hear that the physics community is fearful the government has a hidden agenda and intends eventually to close the Daresbury Laboratory.
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In fact, there is already one person who sees behind the masks we wear and the hidden agendas that drive us.
Sometimes volunteers offer their services for reasons not related to quality decision-making; these reasons include padding one' s vita, external pressure for committee involvement, and hidden agendas.
Uncovering hidden agendas doesn't have to be painful for anyone involved.
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Tournon has one explicit agenda: to provide a new interpretation of the Tiers Livre, and several hidden agendas, of which the most obvious are the defense of Saulnier and Duval, and the undermining, wherever possible, of Screech.
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An evocative, emotional saga about coming of age and discovering oneself amid other people's hidden agendas.
She will introduce Hidden Agendas, her forthcoming book on 20th-century Welsh autobiography in English.
Before this Amendment Express gets a full head of steam, it might be wise to check its baggage cars to see if it could be toting any hidden agendas, and to scrutinize closely the engineers and the track they've put this locomotive on.
Added to the mix are industrial spies stealing information back and forth, shareholders, an uninformed board of directors, the Moral Right and research personnel with hidden agendas.
There are so many hidden agendas and gremlins that can spoil your day, even if you've got everything in place to do the right gig.
Hidden agendas, withheld information and manipulated discussions hinder intimacy by undermining team efforts.
If, as Dawson claims, "negotiation requires that you have hidden agendas and concealed interests.
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock is filled with the same mystery, intrigue and hidden agendas that made the original books so popular.