Definition of hidden agenda in English:

hidden agenda


  • A secret or ulterior motive for something.

    ‘she feels there's a hidden agenda behind the proposed road’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's no point in looking for hidden agendas and all the rest of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it's just another example of how the press has a hidden agenda.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lesson to learn is that Africa has been, can and will prosper without European Investors in particular those with hidden agendas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He'll try to keep these people on message so there are no more accusations of hidden agendas or party policies supporting hidden agendas.’
    • ‘They may also ‘unmask’ the hidden agendas that lie behind politicians' activities and speeches.’
    • ‘Such over-reaction prompts the inevitable speculation as to what the hidden agenda might be behind all this.’
    • ‘There was a hidden agenda behind this whole thing and I could smell it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We had no hidden agendas, no secret mission,’ asserts Eugene.’
    • ‘She shrugs off the criticism: ‘There are so many people involved, so many hidden agendas, and very few actions of good will.’’
    • ‘He gives much less consideration to the messier aspects of real policymaking - partisan and bureaucratic politics, hidden agendas, ulterior motives, and personal ambition.’
    • ‘They want to be certain that government officials don't have a hidden agenda.’
    • ‘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.’


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