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.
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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.
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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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Brendan Thornton Scaremongering by energy companies to get us cranking our boilers up to heat houses, lining pockets along the way.
From the cotton fabric, cut one purse front and back lining, one base lining and four lining pockets.
When it's about lining pockets, all MPs, men or women, are in the boys' club and they look after their own.
But this is Somalia, where there is no power, and hence little is anything to grab -- other than the rewards of lining pockets from tapping into the international aid pipeline before the resource reaches those who need it most.
As a nation, we must decide which values we treasure most - lining pockets or feeding souls.
Stitch the denim pockets, side pockets and lining pockets in the same manner; press open the seams.
Is it lining pockets or actually being put to good use?
Once again we are lining pockets and putting the public at risk Where is the justice or the sense in that