Definition of have an ax to grind in English:

have an ax to grind

phrase

  • Have a self-serving reason for doing or being involved in something.

    ‘she joined the board because she had an ax to grind with the school system’
    • ‘The problem is that everyone has an axe to grind in this story: the media, politicians, perhaps even Ministers in the Republic's government, and most certainly Sinn Fein and the IRA.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I genuinely don't have an axe to grind with the school.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those anxious to shout corruption either have an axe to grind or are self-righteous types.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certainly, she has an axe to grind, and a battered reputation to rebuild, and so like most political memoirs this one is one-sided.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone will have one person who's had a bad experience, or has an axe to grind or something.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is persistent damage by someone who has an axe to grind.’
    • ‘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 wasn't inspired into public service because I have an axe to grind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man who wrote that mantra last week clearly has an axe to grind.’
    • ‘It's all innuendo and unsubstantiated intelligence given by people who clearly have an axe to grind.’