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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Although he didn't own a farm he registered a farming business to manipulate a system that exists for the benefit of legitimate companies with the sole purpose of lining his own pockets.
He manipulated a system that exists for the benefit of legitimate companies with the sole purpose of lining his own pockets.
Why can't a real businessman come in and take over and not be concerned about lining his own pockets first.
It turns out that while lining his own pockets moonlighting he was also sending "samples", of exactly what the Trust is refusing to say, through the post to his private clients.
John Cooper, from HMRC, said: "Sheikh led and organised what he thought was a sophisticated plot, along with his gang members, to get rich quick by lining his own pockets through smuggling and selling illicit tobacco to the community.
It is most likely the unnamed intelligence officer who signed the demand for cash was actually lining his own pockets and those of his cronies.
Russell's Sgt Eldon Perry is the meat in the sandwich of three generations of police corruption and his boss Jack Van Meter (Brendan Gleeson) is lining his own pockets.
All Mr Blair cares about is lining his own pockets.
He was more interested in lining his own pockets than anything to do with the future good of Ulster.
He wasn't - he was serving himself and lining his own pockets.