feather (one's) (own) nest

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feather (one's) (own) nest

1. To furnish and beautify one's residence. Now that the apartment is officially mine, I can't wait to feather my nest!
2. To enrich oneself by using one's influence or position or with other people's money. I'm sure he feathered his own nest with the money he allegedly raised for charity.
See also: feather, nest

feather one's (own) nest

1. Fig. to decorate and furnish one's home in style and comfort. (Alludes to birds lining their nests with feathers to make them warm and comfortable.) With the new family room and expanded kitchen, they seem to have feathered their nest quite comfortably.
2. Fig. to use power and prestige to provide for oneself selfishly. (Said especially of politicians who use their offices to make money for themselves.) The mayor seemed to be helping people, but she was really feathering her own nest. The building contractor used a lot of public money to feather his nest.
See also: feather, nest

feather one's nest

Acquire wealth for oneself, especially by taking advantage of one's position or using the property of others. For example, Bill's many profitable consulting assignments enabled him to feather his nest quite comfortably . This expression alludes to birds making a soft nest for their eggs. [Mid-1500s]
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feather your nest

If someone feathers their nest, they take advantage of their job or position in order to get a lot of money, so that they can lead a comfortable life. People seem to feel that politicians only care about helping out their rich friends and feathering their own nests. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: Some birds line their nests with soft feathers which they take from their own breasts or gather from the ground.
See also: feather, nest

feather your (own) nest

make money, usually illicitly and at someone else's expense.
This phrase refers to the way in which some birds use feathers (their own or another bird's) to line the interior of their nest.
1998 Spectator It won't solve a damned thing except feather the nests of a lot of dodgy pen-pushers and party hacks.
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feather your (own) ˈnest

make yourself richer, especially by spending money on yourself that should be spent on something else: He’s been feathering his own nest at the expense of the people he was supposed to be helping.
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feather (one's) nest

To grow wealthy by taking advantage of one's position or by making use of property or funds left in one's trust.
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References in periodicals archive ?
1 Black sheep 2 Fly the coop (chicken) 3 Play possum 4 Sitting duck 5 Lion's share 6 Go cold turkey 7 Have an albatross around one's neck 8 Play dog in the manger 9 Feather one's own nest (any bird) 10 Get someone's goat 11 Put on the dog 12 Red herring 13 In two shakes of a lamb's tail 14 One swallow does not a summer make 15 There is more than one way to skin a cat 16 Every dog has his day 17 Don't look a gift horse in the mouth 18 Curiosity killed the cat 19 It depends whose ox is gored 20 You can't teach an old dog new tricks 21 Let sleeping dogs lie 22 The leopard cannot change his spots 23 Don't count your chickens until they are hatched 24 The worm turns 25 Like a bull in a china shop
Fortunately, the majority of adults in this country will remember what life was like under the Tories and know that simply trying to feather one's own nest no matter what the cost to schools, hospitals and housing is not acceptable to decent people.