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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.
See also: agenda, hidden

hidden depths

1. Robust or complex aspects or characteristics that are not easily noticed or readily apparent. While the film makes no apologies for its graphic, over-the-top violence, there are hidden depths to the characters and their motivations that make this much more than just some schlocky B movie. If you get to know him, you come to realize that his ironic, apathetic public demeanor is on show to hide hidden depths of anguish and insecurity.
2. A place or part of something that is hidden away and requires a lot of searching or prior knowledge. I'm hesitant to give my child access to the internet, knowing full well what horrible things lie in its hidden depths. Astronomers have discovered a new solar system in the hidden depths of space.
See also: depth, hidden

have a hidden talent

To have a particular skill or ability that few people know one possesses. Come on, just tell me—what's your hidden talent? Well, I do have one hidden talent—I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue!
See also: have, hidden, talent

hide behind (someone or something)

1. To physically conceal someone or something behind someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "hide" and "behind." I have no idea why the dog loves hiding his toys behind our dresser. I hid my drink behind my back so the photographer wouldn't capture me holding a bottle of beer.
2. To physically conceal oneself behind someone or something. My daughter always hides behind me at the first sound of fireworks—loud noises really scare her.
3. By extension, to use an idea, concept, or excuse as a means of concealment and/or evasion. She can try to deflect and distract by hiding behind whataboutism, but we all know she broke the law.
See also: behind, hide

hide from (someone or something)

1. To physically conceal someone or something so as to avoid detection by someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "hide" and "from." You need to hide these cookies from the kids if you plan to have any left for the bake sale tomorrow. Luckily, my bodyguard hid me from the attackers.
2. To physically conceal oneself as a way to avoid someone or something. Mom, you just yelled at her—of course she's hiding from you! A: "What are you guys doing on the porch?" B: "Oh, just hiding from the rain."
See also: hide

hide in (something)

1. To physically conceal someone or something in some thing or place so as to avoid detection. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hide" and "in." Hide Susie in the bathroom and tell her to jump out and yell "Surprise!" when Mom gets here. A: "It is true that Paul's hiding an engagement ring in his sock drawer?" B: "Yeah, and his would-be fiancée already found it!"
2. To physically conceal oneself in some thing or place so as to avoid detection. Susie's hiding in the bathroom until Mom gets home—then, she's going to jump out and yell "Surprise!" Apparently, all the shrieking was because Lily found crickets hiding in the laundry basket.
See also: hide

have a hidden talent

 and have hidden talents
Fig. to have talents or skills that no one knows about. Wow, Perry! I didn't know you had so many hidden talents.
See also: have, hidden, talent

(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.
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

hidden depths

admirable but previously unnoticed qualities.
See also: depth, 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.
See also: agenda, hidden
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