ax to grind

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ax to grind (plural axes to grind)

  1. (US) A proposition or point of view to advocate, especially motivated by self-interest
    • 1976 July 8, New Scientist, volume 71, number 1008, 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.
  2. (US) a grudge

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