Definition of hidden agenda in English:

hidden agenda

noun

  • A secret or ulterior motive for something:

    ‘she feels there's a hidden agenda behind the proposed road’
    • ‘Journalists must maintain a distance from all interested parties, to ensure they are not used as propaganda tools by sources with obvious or hidden agendas.’
    • ‘She shrugs off the criticism: ‘There are so many people involved, so many hidden agendas, and very few actions of good will.’’
    • ‘He'll try to keep these people on message so there are no more accusations of hidden agendas or party policies supporting hidden agendas.’
    • ‘Exploring hidden agendas behind recent Hollywood films, as well as giving examples of more overtly politically independent film, the collection shows how contemporary American film reflects a diverse range of issues.’
    • ‘There was a hidden agenda behind this whole thing and I could smell it.’
    • ‘‘We had no hidden agendas, no secret mission,’ asserts Eugene.’
    • ‘He gives much less consideration to the messier aspects of real policymaking - partisan and bureaucratic politics, hidden agendas, ulterior motives, and personal ambition.’
    • ‘A lot has been said tonight about hidden agendas, and I suggest there could well be a hidden agenda behind even the title of this bill.’
    • ‘But nothing concrete is happening, and the politicians are busy pursuing their own goals and hidden agendas rather than focussing on peace and security in the country.’
    • ‘There's no point in looking for hidden agendas and all the rest of it.’
    • ‘Many people with hidden agendas may not want total press freedom.’
    • ‘You could dig for hidden agendas and delve for misguided motives but this was a feelgood effort that felt good to support.’
    • ‘I support free speech but I also believe that debates must be open and honest and that politicians must avoid hypocrisy, double talk and hidden agendas.’
    • ‘The fans say they don't doubt the sincerity of his ambitions, but the troubling aspect is that people more closely embroiled within the club are beginning to worry about hidden agendas.’
    • ‘But it's just another example of how the press has a hidden agenda.’
    • ‘Such over-reaction prompts the inevitable speculation as to what the hidden agenda might be behind all this.’
    • ‘The lesson to learn is that Africa has been, can and will prosper without European Investors in particular those with hidden agendas.’
    • ‘They may also ‘unmask’ the hidden agendas that lie behind politicians' activities and speeches.’
    • ‘They want to be certain that government officials don't have a hidden agenda.’
    • ‘An organisation built on a modus operandi of false promises, broken promises, lies, hidden agendas, threats, blackmail and the general destruction of trust was bound to crumble.’

Pronunciation:

hidden agenda

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