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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'

But the MDC may also have an ulterior motive : to prematurely declare the election rigged and fraudulent.
SA Star (2005)
He dismissed suspicions that there might be "some ulterior motive " behind the incentives.
Irish Times (2002)
I don't think Pam read it with any ulterior motive at all, but the effect it had on me was electrifying.
Penny Junor HOME TRUTHS: Life Around My Father (2002)
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
There usually seems to be an ulterior motive where grown-ups are concerned.
Ian St James Awards At the Stroke of Twelve
Thus, there was no ulterior motive in the earlier deal with UTI.
Business Today (1997)
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
When asked whether he believed Aitken had any ulterior motive for his actions, he said: `I have absolutely no reason to believe that.
Independent (1999)


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