feather (one's) nest

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feather (one's) nest

To accumulate wealth for oneself, often by nefarious means. A: "I had no idea Bob lived in such a big, beautiful house!" B: "Well, he is the owner of a very lucrative business. Naturally, it allowed him to feather his nest over the years." The CEO was fired following allegations that he was feathering his nest with donations made to the company's charitable fund.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: feather, nest
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

feather one's nest, to

To enrich oneself, to provide well for oneself. Alluding to the practice of birds making a soft nest for their eggs and young, this expression originated in the sixteenth century. It appeared in the 1553 play Respublica (1:1) by an unknown author, as well as in several other works of the period. It was a cliché by the eighteenth century.
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Who knows - perhaps some ultra-loyal supporters then began lobbying for a portion of Children In Need money to be diverted to him, to further feather his nest.
John decided to feather his nest at Graham and Brenda Fulton''s Tyneside home.
LAHORE, May 02, 2010 (Frontier Star): Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Senator Pervaiz Rasheed has said that present government has really done nothing during the last two and half years which could provide an opportunity to someone to feather his nest or siphon off the looted money to Germany and other countries.
Another minister caught trying to feather his nest in an unparliamentary way was Geoff Hoon, Defence Minister when the war began and who is known for telling an Iraqi mother whose children had been killed by our cluster bombs that she would appreciate one day the good that we were doing.
It staggers me how Blair has continued to feather his nest while the country he led into war suffers in silence.
Meaning the average director of a top FTSE company can look forward to retiring at 60 with an income of pounds 168,000 a year, simply because he was given the freedom to feather his nest as lucratively as he wanted.
Q: Some people who are harshly critical of Saddam Hussein and who take a bellicose stand say that the Oil for Food program wasn't working and that Saddam Hussein was siphoning off the revenues of the oil sales to feed the military, to feed himself, feather his nest. What's the truth to that?