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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They would much rather line their own pockets than those of the elderly.
Cruel fraudsters Liam Gascoigne and Kieron Robinson took advantage of the frail pensioner to line their own pockets.
A Tory will always vote to look after themselves and line their own pockets but if you work for a living, your party should be Labour.
Thus, the sellers line their own pockets with the sum worth about UAH 118 million as a month s earning.
Councillor Tracey Dixon said: "Sadly, there is a small minority of unscrupulous individuals who will trade in on the spirit of Christmas in order to line their own pockets.
These men were determined to line their own pockets by selling large quantities of heroin and cocaine but I can assure communities our commitment to targeting those involved in the illegal supply of drugs is unwavering.
Respectfully, dear, we could be wearing woolly balaclavas backwards and we'd still see the shambolic actions of a government who are prepared to line their own pockets and let big corporations dodge their tax obligations while the rest of the country pays the vastly inflated price.
Salaries approaching PS250,000 for this work seems to me to be out of order, while the majority of the workforce are volunteers and do it for humanitarian reasons rather than to line their own pockets.
Neither Cowell or Dizzee nor James will line their own pockets from the song because all profits will go to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, just like in 2010 when the song raised 85,000 pounds.
However, the prize money doesn't line their own pockets - they are playing to change someone else's life.
Tribe are shape-shifting eco-warriors determined to stamp out climate criminals who wish to misuse the earth's resources and to line their own pockets along the way.
These yobs engage in mindless violence not caring about their victims as they line their own pockets with the loot of a wrecked health service and local councils.
Many of these are the same people who use loopholes in the system to line their own pockets while condemning so-called "benefit" cheats
When you see many pensioners living in poverty it seems they only want to line their own pockets at the expense of the taxpayer.
Worked to death by unscrupulous employers, and taxed to the hilt by politicians whose only interest is to line their own pockets, what else do we have left?