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.
See also: agenda, hidden

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
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However, it seems the tolerance and welcoming are rather selective, perhaps because of a hidden agenda.
Department of Commerce's (DOC) final decision to set punitive subsidy margins on imports of Korean DRAMs as an "outrageous act aimed at a hidden agenda.
But Cotton knows there's a hidden agenda in that message and does his best to tune it out.
The tobacco industry would otherwise no doubt accuse the film of having a hidden agenda.