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an ax to grind #1 (permalink) Fri Jan 21, 2011 18:10 pm   an ax to grind
 

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ESL/EFL Test #287 "English Slang Idioms (9)", question 8

Steve must have a(n) ......... to grind with the billing department. He criticizes or insults them in every meeting we have.

(a) ax
(b) tool
(c) saw
(d) nail

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #287 "English Slang Idioms (9)", answer 8

Steve must have a(n) ax to grind with the billing department. He criticizes or insults them in every meeting we have.

Correct answer: (a) ax
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Have an ax to grind== to have private reasons for being involved in sth or for arguing a particular cause;
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