to feather your nest

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - feather your nest

"to feather your nest"

to build up your riches, usually quietly and perhaps by some unethical method


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - feather your nest

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you heard that the purchasing manager has been fired?

Colleague 2:  No. What happened?

Colleague 1:  I guess the manager was using his position to award contracts to sub-standard suppliers who would give him money under the table for his illicit service.

Colleague 2:  Well, that is rather illegal and unethical.

Colleague 1:  From what I understand the manager was able to feather his nest with millions of dollars before he was caught.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - feather your nest

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I just started an aggressive retirement savings plan.

Friend 2:  But you are only twenty-two years old.

Friend 1:  I want to start feathering my retirement nest early. I want to retire quite young and have enough money to really enjoy life.

to feather your nest - Usage:


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to feather your nest - Gerund Form:

Feathering your nest using insider information is not necessarily legal.

to feather your nest - Examples:

1)  This fraud feathered his nest for his liking. On all accounts pursuing his ambitious political future regardless ...

2)  ... many middle-aged investors see part-time real estate investment as a way to feather their retirement nest

3)  I don't want to be part of this, the article makes feathering your nest sound so negative, so unbalanced.

4)  More funding is needed, they said, not to feather the nest of academics, but to meet the province's needs.

5)  ... he was apt to taking more than his fair share of the proceeds to feather his own nest ...

6)  ... the first thing they do is feather their nest and prepare for anything else high risk.

7)  ... is that a whole generation of youth will lose out as we try to keep feathering our own nest.

8)  ... but the bad times reveal just how well feathered the executive nest looks.

9)  ... nothing more than common thieves, they are all lying and fraudulently obtaining money to feather their own nest's. The amounts they are stealing are far beyond the yearly ...

10)  Clearly she is feathering her nest for her inevitable post-parliament career.

11)  ... because every other racial/cultural interest group has pushed in front of the queue to feather their own nest. We have become a totally unsustainable country.

12)  Yet instead of feathering his own nest, Peabody effectively invented modern philanthropy, ploughing vast sums into charitable ...

13)  ... it is purely about retaining some position of power -- and in the process "feathering his own nest".

14)  ... and the kick-backs they get from their cronies who are investing in oil prices to feather their nest.

15)  ... brave boys are being fired, isn't it terrible that the top brass are feathering their nest, and creating jobs for their own boys?

16)  ... realizing that extra money would be needed to properly feather the nest.

17)  ... the 1990s when the big money was in TV. That was my time of feathering the nest during the' 90s and the turn of the century.

18)  ... all the while feathering his nest with the exploitation of the lands and natural resources at the expense of ...

19)  ... the leaders of a resource rich country gleefully superintend a disgraceful fuel importation regime that feathers the nest of a few individuals and pauperising the hapless majority, ...

20)  Most police officers engage in petty corruption to feather their nest against the future.