Meaning of “have an ax to grind” in the English Dictionary

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"have an ax to grind" in American English

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have an ax to grind

also have an axe to grind

to have a selfish reason or strong opinion that influences your actions:

The study should be conducted by a firm that has no axe to grind.

(Definition of “have an ax to grind” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)