hidden agenda

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hidden agenda

"hidden agenda"

a secret goal, plan or reason for doing something which will create an advantage


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hidden agenda

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I notice that James has been volunteering for a lot of extra work lately. Do you know what is going on?

Colleague 2:  His behavior seems suspicious. Do you think that he knows something we don't know?

Colleague 1:  I don't believe James is volunteering just to be helpful. I think he has a hidden agenda. My guess is that he knows that there will be a promotion available soon and he is learning as much as he can so that he is better situated to receive the promotion.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hidden agenda

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  Can you believe that, on a Saturday afternoon, our son has cut the grass, cleaned his room, cleaned the garage and is now vacuuming the living room?

Father:  What does he want?

Mother:  I asked him why he was so uncharacteristically doing all this work and he told me that he had no hidden agenda. He said he was just trying to be helpful.

Father:  All of a sudden, after never lifting a finger for months? I believe he wants something.

hidden agenda - Usage:


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hidden agenda - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for hidden agenda.

hidden agenda - Examples:

1)  ... maybe we are paranoid that our elected officials exaggerate danger to appeal to some hidden agenda.

2)  ... the people who can be brutally honest with you and have no hidden agenda or reason to glad-hand you because you're famous.

3)  ... it's full of fact, clear unbiased fact; no sarcasm, no hidden agenda, no condescension.

4)  ... that behind every policy and every official announcement there is a secret plan or a hidden agenda, or some master plan, would be equally delusional.

5)  There is no secret mystery or hidden agenda, it is just the story of a man falling for the right girl.

6)  ... is altering news stories to boost their ratings. Does ABC News have a hidden agenda when they alter the news?

7)  He wants to awaken the voting taxpayers to the hidden agenda that is being concealed from them. 

8)  ... doubt from long experience that LE will do anything about it unless it serves some hidden agenda.

9)  ... not to be consumed by the fanciful fireworks, which only serve to overshadow a hidden agenda

10)  Think before you react. There's another hidden agenda beyond your present level of understanding.

11)  It deals with the hidden agenda to weaponize space under cover of four bogus threats.

12)  There's no hidden agenda. The goal is to win games.

13)  ... really a test of the optimism or pessimism of the reader. There was a hidden agenda. It was a test of the effect of typefaces on truth.

14)  ... and revealing of detail that keeps pages turning and plots fresh. It's the hidden agenda that makes narrators complicated and compelling.

15)  I should've known he had a hidden agenda, too. Typical smoke and mirrors from your average politician.

16)  You're unpredictable and inconsistent. You always seem to have a hidden agenda. You'll agree just to avoid conflict.

17)  Most people immediately have a bad feeling that there is probably a hidden agenda or deception. Is it a multi-level marketing organization?

18)  ... not trust minorities or women in positions of such power, fearful of what "hidden agenda" they might possess.

19)  The stage is set for an honest and constructive conversation, no hidden agenda, no point-scoring.

20)  ... a taste of how awake the world has become to end of the corruption and hidden agendas of the past.