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ulterior motive, an

A hidden purpose, a secret reason for saying or doing something. The adjective ulterior originally meant “beyond” or “more distant,” a usage taken from the Latin and dating from the mid-1600s. Less than a century later it began to be used more specifically to mean “beyond what is said or evident.” It then was combined with several nouns—ulterior intentions, ulterior designs, ulterior purpose. Its frequent combination with motive is more recent.
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But does she have an ulterior motive? Trouble Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.30pm This gentle rural comedy benefits from strong performances from Anjelica Huston (left) and Bill Pullman who play siblings fighting over a piece of land.
I'd like to suggest that there may be an ulterior motive.
It looks like he might have an ulterior motive. Is Michelle set for more heartbreak?"
Hmm, there couldn't be an ulterior motive behind this grotesque spending spree on top Welsh talent, could there?
I would also suggest there is an ulterior motive in this proposal and this being an attempt by Labour to move the county administration to their support areas of Wansbeck, Blyth and Cramlington.
Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton (BBC Three, Thursday, 7pm) | WE all know Graham Norton loves a good chat, but this time around he has an ulterior motive; he's attempting to break the Guinness world record for the number of questions asked during a TV show.
KARACHI -- Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday strongly protested outside Sind Assembly, which was suddenly adjourned until February 27 with an ulterior motive to deprive MQM raising burning issue relating to the setting up of Hyderabad University.
Last season Myles started spending a lot more time with Gerry Supple at the local points and just when we thought he was getting properly enthused by the sport it became clear he had an ulterior motive - he was trying to spend more time with Emma Buck, sister of Gerry's longtime partner, successful pointto-point rider Jo Buck!
Patricia Clarkson (above) is on good form as the headmistress who might have an ulterior motive for taking on a new pupil, and fans of the genre will always be pleased to see cult hero Bruce Campbell.
The letter also accused CBI Joint Director Lakshminarayana of "having an ulterior motive behind the YSR chief's arrest."
The FIR also states: "He proposed to include civilians as members in the Society with an ulterior motive to make his relatives members.
While I appreciate the society spent a lot of money upgrading recently I wonder if perhaps there was an ulterior motive.
Alice's brother Rowan (Macaninch) agrees to help but only because he has an ulterior motive.
On July 3, 2008, the MP for Wirral West, Mr Stephen Hesford, voted against the external auditing of allowances and as the MP with 15th highest claims in the UK and the highest on Merseyside, I therefore wonder if there was an ulterior motive.
Does this mean they were there to support this high-achieving oversubscribed school or did they have an ulterior motive?