ax to grind
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- (US) A proposition or point of view to advocate, especially motivated by self-interest
1976 July 8, New Scientist, volume 71, page 77:
- The design has had a rather contentious journey through the various technical committees set up by the EEC to study the problem; individual member nations with particular axes to grind holding up the proceedings at regular intervals.
- (US) a grudge