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]
See also: feather, nest

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.
See also: feather, nest

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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This means the generals will continue to feather their nests with the profits from recently discovered diamond mines.
And next year MPs will happily accept a pay-rise as they continue to feather their nests.
Sara Smith, of KPMG's Newcastle forensic practice, says: "We are seeing individuals looking to feather their nests through ripping off employers, banks or the government.
The only people who gained from our history are the same people who own 95 per cent of the wealth - the rich, so-called upper classes who all through our history have used the working classes, black and white, to feather their nests.
People will want to feather their nests to attract friends over to hang out, and there is an option, when talking with an on-screen character, to click over to see their real-world Facebook profile.
It guts me to think I served my country for these muppets to feather their nests.
EQUALITY C'mon Mr Brown let's get real This expenses scandal is just another double deal There are urgent matters you need to address Which allowed these greedy MPs to feather their nests When will governments ever face up to reality?
He added: "I continue to believe the vast majority of Members of this House are upright, decent, honourable people who have come into politics not to feather their nests but because they have heeded the call of public service.
We know that these aren't mistakes but a calculated attempt by some MPs to work a ludicrously generous system to feather their nests.
THE days when couples set up home together with wedding gifts to feather their nests are long gone.
Gerry Morrissey, of the broadcasting workers' union Bectu, said: "Thousands of BBC staff are being forced into making life-changing decisions about their futures while the people at the top continue to feather their nests.
The eggs will be exchanged for a voucher that buyers can use to feather their nests with Fairclough's Homemaker scheme - a service designed to allow them to personalise their new homes by selecting from a stylish range of additional fixtures and fittings.
Their goal is simply to feather their nests to get fatter and bigger and expand at any cost.
This logic suggested that the only way shareholders could trust corporate executives not to feather their nests at the shareholders' expense was to provide them a prefeathered nest at the shareholders' expense.
The birds use the rubbish to feather their nests, as it looks like their normal kelp material, before unwittingly becoming caught up in it.