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
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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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So yet again as the speculators line their pockets, it is us car drivers, van drivers and businesses who are paying through the nose at the pumps.
And make no mistake, there are plenty of them about - scumbags who line their pockets by fleecing the State are the lowest of the low.
Nineteenth-century Irish entrepreneurs William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) are always looking for quick and easy ways to line their pockets and a chance encounter with beautiful actress Ginny (Isla Fisher) leads to a stunning revelation.
POLICE are warning residents that con artists could be targeting their homes in a bid to line their pockets.
We need a root and branch clear out of those MPs who use their position to line their pockets and make the whole lot fully accountable to tax payers.
We should start electing those who would rather serve the public than line their pockets.
How can we be nice to people who want to send pregnant women again to back-alley butchers, to people who want to take away necessary rights, and to people who line their pockets and the pockets of their friends through policies that are destroying the fragile ecology of our only planetary home?
City and county officials line their pockets with developer money and perquisites and return the favor by approving every road-clogging development that their political benefactors propose.
Yet, while we may be in thrall to apparently implacable forces, however much fashionable architects line their pockets with cringing subservience.
While the city is run badly people will line their pockets.
Lawyers who represent both polluters and the people who live near the polluted sites are happy because they can line their pockets with legal fees.
Florida's HMOs are trying to further line their pockets at the expense of our state's 'safety net' -- emergency rooms that are already struggling to keep pace with the millions of people seeking treatment.
Patients' Association chief Katherine Murphy said: "It's unethical for doctors to line their pockets while NHS trusts have to cut services.
Congratulations Irene McLaren from Ayrshire who becomes the latest in a long line of readers to line their pockets with my money.
POLICE have put a price on the heads of a gang of thieves targeting the region's schools to line their pockets.