feather one's nest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v feather one's nest enrich oneself by taking advantage of one's position "The congressmen feathered his nest through his connection with big business"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Feather one's nest to accumulate wealth for one's self while serving others in a position of trust
    • Feather one's nest to provide for one's self, esp. from other people's property of which one has had charge
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nest; Ger. nest, L. n─źdus.

Usage

In literature:

Her nest is round, like a wren's, with one small entrance and is built roughly of grass, lined with soft, small feathers.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
That's one o' the things doctors get up to feather their own nest.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
And besides, there's a man out there, in one place, that keeps a supply of feathers just to give away when the swallows are nesting.
"The Adventures of a Grain of Dust" by Hallam Hawksworth
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