hidden agenda

noun
an often duplicitously undisclosed plan or motive.

Origin:
1985–90

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hidden agenda
 
n
a hidden motive or intention behind an overt action, policy, etc

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Example sentences
Ironically, but not surprisingly, the article's hidden agenda is to level
  academe in the name of doing away with such markers.
Preindustrial would be more to the point, without the hidden agenda.
Many of those who post comments appear to have a hidden agenda.
No one familiar with academic norms in this country can fail to suspect a
  hidden agenda here.
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