nest egg

Definitions

  • A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
    A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nest egg device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
    • n nest egg a fund of money put by as a reserve
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A ground-level nest, containing five eggs A ground-level nest, containing five eggs
The nest and eggs of the black phœbe The nest and eggs of the black phœbe
Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird
YELLOWBIRD NEST, SHOWING COWBIRD EGG YELLOWBIRD NEST, SHOWING COWBIRD EGG
Girl with eggs next to nest Girl with eggs next to nest
Girl placing eggs in nest Girl placing eggs in nest

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sex of a baby crocodile is determined by the temperature in the nest and how deeply the eggs are buried
    • nest egg An egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place.
    • nest egg Money set aside in a special fund to be used for special occasions, or more commonly, for retirement; as, she set aside a large hunk of her salary every month and had a considerable nest egg for her retirement.
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Quotations

  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.”
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    “Inflation is when sitting on your nest egg doesn't give you anything to crow about.”
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    “Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg by the side of which more will be laid.”
  • Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street Journal
    “Whether you wind up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends on the kind of chick you married”

Idioms

Nest egg - If you have some money saved for the future, it is a nest egg.
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Usage

In literature:

The whole was intended to suggest a nest of new-laid eggs.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
You've been stealing eggs from every nest in the woods!
"The Tale of Major Monkey" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The children of the household watch the progress of the nest, and note the appearance of the eggs with delight.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
And if you keep laying small eggs in that same nest you'll find he'll let you keep the big one.
"The Tale of Henrietta Hen" by Arthur Scott Bailey
In a moment we had rolled out the great egg, made a nest on the stage floor with the bales of cotton-wool, and placed the egg in it.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
He's always thought, of course, that I'm a pauper, and never dreamed of my poor little residuary nest-egg.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Boy, tell your mamma I sorry I ain' had no egg to send her 'cept just dat one nest egg.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Sometimes there are nests with eggs or soft little things in them.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Eggs in a bird's nest meant that somebody must live there.
"The Tale of Dickie Deer Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
To dream of a nest full of eggs and a bird sitting on them means you will receive something new.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
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In poetry:

Thy song of the nest,
O, sweet o' th' morn!
A nest and an egg
In the thick o' th' thorn.
"O Singer in Brown" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
And in the nest an egg of gold
Lay soft in self-made lustre,
Gazing whereon, what depths untold
Within, what marvels manifold,
Seemed silently to muster!
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
And what would he find below
The sheltering grass, you wonder?
Why, a nest, of course, and an egg or so,
A mother's dark wings under.
But bobolink--he would flee
In a fright--"A boy! see! see!"
"Foolish Bobolink" by Clara Doty Bates
Brooding light falls soft and warm,
Where in many a wind-rocked nest,
Curled up 'neath the she-bird's breast,
Clustering eggs are hid from harm;
While the mellow-throated thrush
Warbles in the purpling bush.
"The Street-Children's Dance" by Mathilde Blind
I watched a nest from day to day,
A green nest full of pleasant shade,
Wherein three speckled eggs were laid:
But when they should have hatched in May, The two old birds had grown afraid
Or tired, and flew away.
"Symbols" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
`Know, Nature, like the cuckoo, laughs at law,
Placing her eggs in whatso nest she will;
And when, at callow—time, you think to find
The sparrow's stationary chirp, lo! bursts
Voyaging voice to glorify the Spring.'
""`Know, Nature, like the cuckoo, laughs at law"" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Risks, returns and keeping nest egg safe.
Retirees ask, will I outlive my nest egg .
Web cam shows bald eagle's nest, egg.
A first egg has been laid in the nest watched by Web cams that can be seen at the Sutton Avian Research Center's Web site.
Has anyone seen half of a nest egg .
Protecting your Nest Egg .
It's no time to crack the nest egg .
When Tom Hitzges watched the market start to tumble last fall, he got nervous about his nest-egg withdrawals.
Asset drift can be a threat to any retirement nest egg .
A Tour Pro's Nest Egg .
Who's Minding Your Nest Egg .
Use the "bucket" approach to protect your retirement nest egg.
Parceling Out a Nest Egg, Without Emptying It.
'How do I protect my nest egg?'.
What should someone 10 years from retirement do to protect her nest egg from the next downturn.
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In science:

As a result, in map E, the radii of the left and right series of half-shells are nearly the same, which imitate nested egg shells.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
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