Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.5)

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.

5. 

To have an axe to grind

[A]. A private end to serve
[B]. To fail to arouse interest
[C]. To have no result
[D]. To work for both sides
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

No answer description available for this question.

Shraddha said: (Dec 24, 2010)  
Someone please explain.

Shivani said: (Jan 28, 2011)  
To have an agenda;

to take issue with something;

to go looking for a fight or argument

Nitesh said: (Jun 29, 2011)  
Yes shivani mam absolutely right.

Navjyoti said: (Nov 2, 2011)  
Its like having a way of doing something.

Jeni said: (Nov 6, 2011)  
Its about a character of person, they are intrested in opposing and fighting about somthing.

Angelah said: (Feb 8, 2012)  
"The insurance company have an axe to grind upon the falling interest rates on monthly basis with the state bank". Means that company is in a state of arguing with higher authorities for its prestige customers.

Ank said: (Sep 27, 2012)  
Axe to grind means to have a selfish reason for saying or doing something. Like doing something with vested interests.

Usage: People who don't have an axe to grind will offer you the best opinion.

Sushant said: (Jul 16, 2013)  
To have a strong personal opinion about something that you want people to accept and that is the reason why you do something.

Backiya said: (Feb 9, 2015)  
Have a private reason for doing or being involved in something.

Priyanka said: (Jun 15, 2015)  
To have a strong opinion about something that influences your action. For e.g. I don't have an axe to grind about the fact that Christmas has become commercialized.

Muniya Kumar M said: (Jul 8, 2015)  
Please explain how to understand the meaning of the word?

Jerry said: (Aug 26, 2015)  
How axe to grind is related to a private end to serve?

Deepak said: (Aug 28, 2015)  
To have a strong personal opinion about something that you want people to accept and that is the reason why you do something:

Environmentalists have no political axe to grind - they just want to save the planet.

Malleswari said: (Sep 17, 2015)  
Can anybody explain in detail manner for this idiom and phrase.

Charan said: (Nov 7, 2015)  
To take a initial step for starting.

Umashri said: (Dec 8, 2015)  
Have an axe to grind.

Meaning: Private or ulterior motive to further, often a selfish one.

Example: He should not become the chairman of the committee as he has too many axes of his own to grind.

P Samy Raj said: (Apr 6, 2016)  
I can't get it. Explain clearly.

Megamind said: (Jun 11, 2016)  
I'm not getting this. Please make it as clear.

Bella said: (Jun 25, 2016)  
But, on my own view. I think it is to make a decision by he/she.

Vishal B B said: (Oct 19, 2016)  
Hidden intention, generally selfish intentions.

For example,

If a person is too polite than normal to one then the latter may feel, the former has some axe to grind.

Sasha said: (Nov 20, 2016)  
It's an idiomatic expression is to have a selfish interest to serve.

Simoon said: (Jul 3, 2017)  
How it's related?

Sushma said: (Nov 13, 2017)  
To have an axle to grind means the person is selfish and he is going to flatter others for completing his work.

Babu said: (May 19, 2018)  
Thanks all.

Naitik said: (Jan 23, 2019)  
To have an axe to grind means the person is selfish and he is going to flatter others for completing his work.

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