Definition of have an ax to grind in English:

have an ax to grind

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
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  • 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.
  • 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'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.
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