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To Have an Axe to Grind

Definition of the verb To Have an Axe to Grind

What does To Have an Axe to Grind mean as a doing phrase?


  1. [idiomatic] To have a dispute, resentment, or grudge, sometimes with a disposition to act on that resentment covertly; to have a bias; to take issue with something.

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Google previewJargonaut Express: Essential Idioms for the Astute Business Speaker (2014)

by Brian Ashcraft

To have an axe to grind means to have a dispute to take up with someone. Sentence It's not a surprise to see cab companies give protest to Uber, a smart phone app that provides town car service. The reason these cabbies have such an axe to grind with Uber is that the cab companies have to abide by city taxi policies and code where Uber does not, giving them an unfair competitive advantage. Synonomy Complaint, objection, gripe Analysis paralysis Analysis paralysis means to ...

Google previewThe Nelson Contemporary English Dictionary (1977)

by Una Cunningham

a tool for chopping wood v to cut down lexpense or labourl The department was axed by the new govemment to have an axe to grind to have ...

Google previewEasier English Student Dictionary (2009)

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