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salt away

To put something into storage for use at a later date. An allusion to preserving foods, especially meats, by curing them with salt. A noun or pronoun can be used between "salt" and "away." Over the years I've taken to salting away lots of bottled water and nonperishable foods, in case of an emergency. You'd be wise to salt some of your paycheck away each month.
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salt something away

 
1. Lit. to store and preserve a foodstuff by salting it. The farmer's wife salted a lot of fish and hams away for the winter. She salted away a lot of food.
2. Fig. to store something; to place something in reserve. I need to salt some money away for my retirement. I will salt away some money for emergencies.
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salt away

Also, salt down. Keep in reserve, store, save, as in He salted away most of his earnings in a bank account. This idiom alludes to using salt as a food preservative. [Mid-1800s]
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salt away

v.
To save or store something for future use: I salted away money from my summer job to pay for college. I bought 20 packs of paper towels that were on sale, and I salted them away.
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WORKERS are finally starting to salt away more cash in UK pension schemes.
Heavy showers have made matters more complicated as it has been washing the salt away.
Angela Eagle, Labour MP for Wallasey, asked Mr Smee why the AIFA had not condemned the firm for trying to 'restructure to avoid its liabilities but salt away its assets'.
Due to freezing conditions, the groundsman cannot water the track as per normal, and, until rain washes the salt away, railers rule.
Apparently, Mr Mobutu has managed to salt away US$50m beyond the reach of the sequestrators, and he's willing to give our reporter no less than 20pc of those funds for his help.
Reader John Nairn from Paisley raised an interesting point when he wrote: "Tell me Joe, how much did Kinane salt away for his armchair ride on Montjeu last Saturday?
After that they are replaced by ISA - Individual Savings Accounts - with less generous limits on how much you can salt away from the taxman each financial year.
Determining how much to salt away can be staggering, considering what's ahead.
Durham University just want another rare book to salt away in their ivory tower, for no one who is not part of the university can enter its hallowed portals.
It's no use kidding ourselves that if we salt away a few pounds here and there we can go on borrowing like there's no tomorrow.
JUST how much dosh did the bookies salt away in yesterday's Tripleprint Gold Cup?
Investors are busy grabbing their last chance of the 1997-98 tax year to salt away money tax-free in shares held through PEPs.