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.
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The experience I gained as a manager has stood me in good stead to go on and do better things, so I have no axe to grind with Blackpool.
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.
For all we know, those who were cited are even less credible or have an axe to grind, and if someone is not brave enough to go on the record then why should your readers care about their opinion?
When you have a major axe to grind with someone, it's never a good sign when they mysteriously turn up dead--because suddenly you're the top suspect.
He has no axe to grind, quite the opposite, and he should know what he's talking about as he was raised in Pakistan.
I still love the idea of the iPod, but I have no particular axe to grind.
We are in one of those all-too-common periods in which the automobile is a target for everyone with an axe to grind.
Taunting isn't my thing, and I don't have any personal axe to grind with him," said the Newbury Park native.
The media has portrayed them as bitter enemies, but David Walentas, president of Two Trees Management, maintains that he has no axe to grind with developer Shaya Boymelgreen.
This would sound extraordinary, and possibly fantastical, were it not for the fact that the financial models have been checked by professionals with no aesthetic axe to grind.
Laura Caldwell definitely has an axe to grind with a particular power player in her city.