ulterior motive (ʌlˈtɪərɪə ˈməʊtɪv)
- 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.
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Example Sentences Including 'ulterior motive'
There usually seems to be an ulterior motive where grown-ups are concerned.
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.
The Endless Game
Unlike the man who had sought information from her about Clayton's, Livy didn't think he had an ulterior motive.
The Ambassador's Women