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axe to grind

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Definition


Taking an issue up with someone.

Context : Social Life
Category: Idiom
Semantic: 

You will see "axe" spelled as "ax". The spelling is inconsistent across both American and British English.

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Usage of “axe to grind”

  1. We need to talk, I have an axe to grind with you.

Examples of idiom “axe to grind” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'lordofsquad'
    lordofsquad:

    If this escalates into another "5-days of no texts and then all of them at the same time" thing, I'm going to have an axe to grind.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'gablak'
    gablak:

    I realised I've no axe to grind with my female neighbour and sent her an e-mail with an apology. I hope all will be well between us again!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'blogjunkie'
    blogjunkie:

    ok, i have an axe to grind about the #unifi website. a Flash splash page? come on, is it 1998?

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'sugarcollider'
    sugarcollider:

    I knew he had an axe to grind with Eddie, but this is ridiculous. #calmmovielines

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'socygurl'
    socygurl:

    Feeling the rage towards Stephen Conroy on the 7pm Project. #nocleanfeed. A prude with an axe to grind. Classifying the internet WON'T WORK.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'NancyOgilvie'
    NancyOgilvie:

    @christineJB1968 I have no axe to grind. I simply want to raise the awareness of ppl who seeming jump on board with him w/o thinking 1st

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'CptAubrey'
    CptAubrey:

    Getting "On The Origin Of Species, Illustrated Version" at the library... I look like an over-zealous middle schooler with an axe to grind!