hidden 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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(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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Most people think that all Watani does is hold events and functions for families and children, but we have a hidden agenda," says Mohammad Baharoon, Deputy Director General at Watani.
However, it seems the tolerance and welcoming are rather selective, perhaps because of a hidden agenda.
It always amazes me when people like Alan Sears, head of the Religious Right's Alliance Defense Fund, cite "our nation's Founders" in support of their opposition to church-state separation ("The Alliance Defense Fund's Hidden Agenda," June 2004 Church & State).
Has he a hidden agenda to destroy this vital service by manning the fire engines with foreign crews, on inferior pay, putting thecrews under a flag of convenience (possibly registered in Iraq)?
Nault insists that he is trying to correct the Indian Act, a very flawed document, and there is no hidden agenda.
There is a hidden agenda in terms of `Gordon Strachan shouted his mouth off last season and got a lot of penalties so we'll make sure he doesn't get too many this year'.
In politics, much ado about relatively little almost always suggests a hidden agenda.
Foucault's notion of the hidden agenda, according to which the proclaimed goals of prison enthusiasts only served to mask their "real" motive of building an efficient engine of power, is shown to be of limited value.
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.
The hidden agenda is pushed by national security policy-makers.
Hidden Agenda will launch with an initial 6 cases (24 hidden object scenes), with plans for PopCap to release new cases every month.
Asked why he was disappointed in politics, Pacquiao cited as example some politicians who pretend to help out the poor but only do so because they have their own hidden agenda.
Deputy Secretary General, Pakistan Muslim League-N Balochistan chapter, Syed Abbas Shah Gilani said that Alama Tahir-ul-Qadri was working on a hidden agenda to derail democracy, for which he demanded for dissolving the Parliament and the resignations of elected Prime Minster and a Chief Minister.
Islamabad, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that her country has no hidden agenda in Afghanistan, and was only interested in a peaceful and stable disposition there.