line (one's) (own) pocket(s)

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line (one's) (own) pocket(s)

To make a large amount of money for oneself in a way that is considered greedy or dishonest. The phrase typically implies that one is prioritizing making money above some other, more admirable goal. He doesn't care about creating some digital utopia—he's just trying to line his own pockets. This new contract is going to line our pockets for years.
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line one's own pocket(s)

Fig. to make money for oneself in a greedy or dishonest fashion. They are interested in lining their pockets first and serving the people second. You can't blame them for wanting to line their own pockets.
See also: line, own, pocket

line one's pockets

Accept a bribe or other illicit payment, as in The mayor and his cronies found dozens of ways to line their pockets. This expression dates from the mid-1500s, when it was also put as line one's purse.
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line your pockets

COMMON If someone lines their pockets, they make a lot of money in a dishonest or unfair way. He has been lining his pockets for 27 years while his country has been in poverty. Morris lined his own pockets with most of the cash, buying a Mercedes Benz, jewelry and paying off credit card debts as well. Note: You can also say that someone lines another person's pockets. This is a government that ignores the needs of the majority in order to line the pockets of the favoured few.
See also: line, pocket

line your pocket (or pockets)

make money, usually by dishonest means.
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line your (own)/somebody’s ˈpocket(s)

(informal) make a lot of money dishonestly, especially by stealing it from your employer: He’d been lining his pockets for years before it was discovered.
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line one’s own pocket

verb
See also: line, own, pocket

line one’s own pocket(s)

tv. to make money for oneself in a greedy or dishonest fashion. They are interested in lining their pockets first and serving the people second.
See also: line, own, pocket

line (one's) pockets

To make a profit, especially by illegitimate means.
See also: line, pocket
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The judge said that Atkinson had used his position of trust at the North Tees Power Station to line his own pocket with a series of backhanders on a lavish scale.
A cell phone stolen on a whim turns into a full-blown scam when Hitoshi pretends to be someone else to line his own pockets, but he quickly finds his deception is unnecessary--everybody, even his own mother, sees him as the man whose identity he stole.
An evil mayor has plans to turn the tranquil green oasis Liberty Park into an amusement park to line his own pockets.
Doing so just to possibly line his own pockets is unforgivable.
A spokesperson for HMRC said: "Saied wanted to undercut legitimate businesses to line his own pockets.
5 years ago THE sick, the disabled and the dying, vulnerable pensioners and bereaved families - callous conman and crooked investment adviser Brian Norlund of Stephen Street, Stockton, used PS360,000 of their life savings to line his own pockets.
Adrian Farley, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said: "It was pure greed that motivated Douglass to abuse his position as a trusted tax adviser, solely to line his own pockets and enjoy a lifestyle beyond his means.
Instead of serving as the gatekeeper whom the banks relied upon to prevent fraud, [Goberdhan] abused his position of trust to line his own pockets," Bharara said.
If David is going to join his mentor Tony Blair and use his parliamentary privileges to line his own pockets - or join the Lords like that "socialist" Prescott - then he should stand down now, with immediate effect, and not wait until the end of this parliamentary term.
Bradley is neither a conservative nor a pawn of Big Oil nor a venal stockholder who votes against the public's interests to line his own pockets.
Instead of helping, Danny tries to manipulate the situation to line his own pockets.
Serulnikov follows Lupa's career and shows how the kuraka increasingly failed to satisfy the communities' interests and instead conspired with local Spanish officials (mainly corregidores) to line his own pockets.
If he's trying to line his own pockets through other people's misery then he should be stopped immediately - EUR20,000 is too much to pay for shattered hope and a treatment that doesn't work.
One to line his own pockets, and another that was just the general agency business.
Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry and Solihull Hospital were among those targeted by Dimitri Padelis who siphoned off pounds 348,000 from NHS funds to line his own pockets.