no ax(e) to grind

no ax(e) to grind

1. No complaint or dispute that one feels compelled to discuss. No, the boss has no axe to grind with us, thanks to Bob taking full responsibility for that printing mishap.
2. No personal motivation or selfish reason for saying or doing something. If Jenny said she forgives you, then it sounds like she's got no ax to grind with you. During the interview, the senator promised there no axe to grind ahead of the Ethics Committee's investigation.
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