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ulterior motive (ʌlˈtɪərɪə ˈməʊtɪv) 



  1. if you say that someone has an ulterior motive for doing something, you believe that they have a hidden reason for doing it   ⇒  ■ Sheila had an ulterior motive for trying to help Stan.

Example Sentences Including 'ulterior motive'

There usually seems to be an ulterior motive where grown-ups are concerned.
Ian St James Awards At the Stroke of Twelve
That was the line he shot, though knowing him as I did I'm bloody sure he had a more personal, ulterior motive.
Forbes, Bryan The Endless Game
Unlike the man who had sought information from her about Clayton's, Livy didn't think he had an ulterior motive.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women


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