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squirrel something away

Fig. to hide something or store something in the way that a squirrel stores nuts for use in the winter. I squirreled a little money away for an occasion such as this. Liz squirreled away a lot of money while she was working.
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squirrel away

Hide or store, as in She squirreled away her savings in at least four different banks. This expression alludes to the squirrel's habit of hiding nuts and acorns in the ground. [First half of 1900s]
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squirrel away

v.
To hide or store something: They have been squirreling away money in an offshore bank account. The children were squirreling candy away in their rooms.
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The more money you squirrel away, the better your chances of avoiding a bare-bones retirement.
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As well as pensions, you should also consider how much extra money you can squirrel away into tax-free savings accounts.
More than a third squirrel away an average of 90p a week.
Most Americans try to squirrel away for retirement.
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THE survey that revealed people like to squirrel away secret stashes of dough shouldn't have come as a shock.
ADRIENNE SAYS: You could try mixing the food with Squirrel Away powder (available from garden centres).