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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: line, pocket
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.

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

line your pocket (or pockets)

make money, usually by dishonest means.
See also: line, pocket
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: line, pocket
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

line (one's) pockets

To make a profit, especially by illegitimate means.
See also: line, pocket
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.
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They just want to line their own pockets no matter the cost to anyone else.
"These criminals put the lives of people in their own neighbourhood in danger, deliberately colliding with innocent members of the public just to line their own pockets."
How many of these people are possibly being dropped off each morning by people traffickers purely seeking to line their own pockets? Could traffickers be profiting from the misery of those whom they leave standing daily in all weathers, only to expect them to hand over whatever cash the kind people of Stirling have presented them with in good faith?
They would much rather line their own pockets than those of the elderly.
It never goes down well"Jamie Oliver "Nothing gives you more applause than a dog" Jilly Cooper, best-sellling novelist and animal lover "We don't resent success in America but we do resent people who take advantage of others in order to line their own pockets" Hillary Clinton, the Democrat nominee for the White House, attacks Donald Trump "He should have, and has, apologised.
Cruel fraudsters Liam Gascoigne and Kieron Robinson took advantage of the frail pensioner to line their own pockets.
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.
And he is scathing about "fnd he is scathing about "fake fans" who accost him "fake fans" who accost him with memoribilia to sign to line their own pockets.
'THEY WERE CONSUMED BY THEIR OWN GREED' POLICE said thE crime gang were "determined to line their own pockets" by peddling street deals to drug addicts.
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.
In his Friday sermon, al-Bouti said that ''Sedition in Syria is dangerous, but it will come to an end, God willing,'' adding ''but more dangerous still is the distrust seeping to the hearts and minds of a lot whom we thought were true believers.'' Al-Bouti elaborated on the merchants who capitalize on the effects of this sedition to put pressure on citizens to ''line their own pockets contrary to the teachings of God,'' urging them to return to the right path and the teachings of religion.
WHAT kind of sickening individuals use a charity's good name to make cash to line their own pockets? Zoe's Place does such terrific work in our local community, providing respite and palliative terminal care to babies, as well as offering amazing support to their parents.
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.