a hidden agenda

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

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.
See also: agenda, hidden

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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The reality of a hidden agenda is so constant that only the most naive can assume a life without it.
ANKARA, October 11, 2011(TUR) - Turkey's prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey was not a country that had a hidden agenda on its region.
Paul Reuter, Unite national officer, said: "It is becoming evident that Royal Mail has a hidden agenda."
However, it seems the tolerance and welcoming are rather selective, perhaps because of a hidden agenda.
If there is a hidden agenda, then it will not be fulfilled.
Another novel research twist, launched by Joli Kelleher at Texas, consists of examining whether individuals who have a hidden agenda in dealing with another person receive an empathic lift.