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feather (one's) nest

To furnish and beautify one's residence. Now that the apartment is officially mine, I can't wait to start feathering my nest!
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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]
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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.
See also: feather, nest
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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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
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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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He then proceeded to feather his own nest while ruining the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean economy.
Is he now going to pull out all the stops to prevent the development and feather his own nest? Name and address supplied.
A MERSEYSIDE MP hit back last night after being accused of trying to feather his own nest in a furious row over pension contributions.
Mr Page states he became a councillor to help people and not to feather his own nest. I must assume he is true to his word and not one of the blood-sucking creatures as mentioned.
In my opinion he is one of the most devious politicians in living history and having him as European President would bring chaos and disaster to this country as he would only be in the job for one reason and that would be to feather his own nest.
His son Martin (Danny Dyer) is an agent and has little trouble encouraging Frankie to feather his own nest at the expense of the club.
Last year the program explored corruption on the waterfront, with the tale of a union official who dealt with criminals not to feather his own nest but to reverse the declining fortunes of the port, with terrible results; the story was closer in spirit to a classical tragedy than a police procedural.
"This was a skilful fraud over a number of years and it was designed to do no more than feather his own nest, because he used the money he had obtained to invest in a stock portfolio and also to develop properties," said Glen Gatland, prosecuting.
Hatoyama said the public will believe that Kato used the money to feather his own nest, adding, ''I have shared many common policies with him and I expect him, as a friend in political circles, to decide his own future by himself.''
Labour's home affairs spokesman John McFall said: "He's set to feather his own nest even further."
Cross-bench peer Lord Rees-Mogg "Nobody can say 'he's here to feather his own nest', because there's no nest to feather"