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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.
Reading welcomed back striker Dave Kitson for his first game since a knee injury in December but he was puzzled by Coppell's "hidden agenda" comment.
'Hidden Agendas' is available now for CAD85.00 in hardcover and CAD24.95 in paperback.
Hidden agendas, murderous plots, and courageous fighting culminate in a pitched battle for the alien ship that will change the course of the halo worlds forever.
"There are no hidden agendas not even any pretty pictures or advertisements.
"I've never been able to be dominated by the hidden agendas of presenters, or to develop dances for their audiences."
All people involved in the decision and its aftermath ought be involved in the process and need to be strongly encouraged to come to the decision-making process fully prepared, devoid of hidden agendas, with an open mind, and ready and willing to engage in civil, relevant discussion to arrive at a quality decision.
An idea, to become reality, has to satisfy the hidden agendas not only of the person who champions it, but the agendas of those above her, at each level, and the agendas of her peers, and her boss' peers, in ramifying waves.
Host Robert Kilroy-Silk said: "This programme is divorce as children see it - the unvarnished truth, because they don't tell lies or have hidden agendas. It is a truth some adults don't want to hear."
To prevent the goals of the team or organization being stopped before they have a chance to get started, the Dobsons advise assuming that "there are hidden agendas until you have determined otherwise."
No hidden agendas or ranting and raving - just straight talking and a smile.
Besides an overview of the field and coverage of the fundamental concepts involved, the book also contains information on such topics as hidden agendas, reluctance to surrender control, intergeneration- al issues, family system domination, step-families, communication, equity vs.
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.
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.