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ulterior motive (ʌlˈtɪərɪə ˈməʊtɪv) 

Definitions

noun

  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'

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
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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