Axe to grind

I have an ax to grind with that kind of outfit for yard work, pic: © Donna Lanning | Dreamstime.com

Today’s idiom is  “to have an axe to grind with somebody or something.  It can be used in two slightly different but related contexts: If you have a axe to grind with somebody it means: to be angry with that person and planing on confronting them about the cause of that anger.  An example of this usage is:

“Holly, listen, I have an axe to grind with you.  They way you treated me in front of the boss during the meeting is totally unacceptable.

When the ax one has to grind is not with a person but a thing or fact then it means to have something to complain about – like in this example:

Since Oscar lost his job to outsourcing to China he has had an axe to grind with globalization.”

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