agenda

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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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at the top of the/(one's) agenda

Prioritized as the most important thing to discuss or address. Yes, the new dress code is at the top of my agenda to discuss with the principal. What do you think is at the top of the agenda for today's meeting?
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on (one's) agenda

Planned by one to be discussed, engaged in, or acted upon. I don't mind touching on it briefly, but a big classroom debate on the matter is not on my agenda. She made it clear that bringing forward legislation to address climate change will be on her agenda for her time in office.
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on the agenda

Planned to be discussed, engaged in, or acted upon. I don't mind touching on it briefly, but a big classroom debate on the matter is not on the agenda. She made it clear that bringing forward legislation to address climate change will be on the agenda for her time in office.
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set the agenda

To dictate the course of action or the items that will be discussed, typically as a show of authority. The CEO made it clear from his first day that he would be setting the agenda for the company and its future. Dan likes to set the agenda at these meetings, so just roll with it if he changes the order of the presentations.
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high on the/(one's) agenda

Prioritized as the most important thing to discuss or address. Yes, the new dress code is high on my agenda to discuss with the principal. What do you think is high on the agenda for today's meeting?
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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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