Definition of have an axe to grind in English:

have an axe to grind

phrase

  • Have a private reason for doing or being involved in something.

    ‘he has no political axe to grind’
    ‘she joined the board because she had an axe to grind with the school system’
    • ‘They are also dependent on informers who, as we journalists know, can sometimes misinform, especially if they have an axe to grind or a political goal to pursue.’
    • ‘Even if the political insider seems to have an ax to grind, political junkies never tire of their ‘I Was There’ versions of history.’
    • ‘I've had political science classes where the professor doesn't really have an ax to grind per se, but you can tell that he comes from a certain perspective.’
    • ‘Those anxious to shout corruption either have an axe to grind or are self-righteous types.’
    • ‘I don't have a connection with any one club, which is not a bad thing because I don't have an axe to grind.’
    • ‘And if we form an alliance with the Indians, who have an axe to grind against Pakistan, we'll destabilize Pakistan and maximize our problems in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘It's all innuendo and unsubstantiated intelligence given by people who clearly have an axe to grind.’
    • ‘It's all innuendo and unsubstantiated intelligence given by people who clearly have an axe to grind.’
    • ‘I genuinely don't have an axe to grind with the school.’
    • ‘Those opposed to the application will cry foul, and those who have an axe to grind will jump on the bandwagon, heedless of the merits and demerits of the scheme.’
    • ‘I wasn't inspired into public service because I have an axe to grind.’
    • ‘Many of those neighbours have an axe to grind with the former Yugoslav republic.’
    • ‘Indeed, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization, none of which have an ax to grind, reject the notion.’
    • ‘The problem is that everyone has an axe to grind in this story.’
    • ‘Everyone will have one person who's had a bad experience, or has an axe to grind or something.’
    • ‘Second, their fate being in their own hands, they needn't worry about being manipulated by a third party who normally has an axe to grind.’
    • ‘Certainly, she has an axe to grind, and a battered reputation to rebuild, and so like most political memoirs this one is one-sided.’
    • ‘This is persistent damage by someone who has an axe to grind.’
    • ‘The man who wrote that mantra last week clearly has an axe to grind.’
    • ‘While there's no doubt some of the authors had an axe to grind - they deliberately timed publication in the hope of influencing the US election - it does not follow from that that the study is flawed.’