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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Mr Field said he had confidence in the PPF, ''but it's clear that the former owners passed up a better deal for pension scheme members in favour of lining their own pockets.
Geoff J Chesshire Wake up UK - the Tories are hell bent on privatising the health care system and lining their own pockets in the process.
RE MSP Dennis Robertson's remarks that there is no crisis in the North Sea, the fatcats are using the drop in oil prices as an excuse to cut back on scores of jobs while lining their own pockets.
It's about some people abusing their position and lining their own pockets.
Greedy conservative capitalist bosses need to spend more on payroll and less on lining their own pockets.
They are lining their own pockets at the expense of others often struggling to make a living.
The five, who were accused of serious management failings and of lining their own pockets, will receive the money from the liquidator.
The bus companies are just lining their own pockets - they are not thinking about everybody else.
Dr Laurence Buckman from he BMA concludes that such schemes would be "disgracefully unethical" because they could result in doctors lining their own pockets at the cost of patient care.
I won't name the organisations and businesses who have for so long taken us all for a ride, whilst lining their own pockets.
They've been lining their own pockets and taking us for a ride.
Reward" is a fine read for those who want to give back to the country while lining their own pockets.
A little earlier in the Acts, there is another story of Ananias and Sapphira, two other moneyloving people, who dishonestly tried to dupe the disciples with false claims of piety and sacrifice, while all the time they were lining their own pockets.
In the wake of the dot-com bust, forward-thinking investors have been in search of the next big thing to revolutionize the economy while lining their own pockets.
These stories were soon followed by reports that highly esteemed accounting firms like Arthur Andersen had collaborated with the management in these companies, cooking their books and reporting inflated earnings to workers, stockholders, and customers, lining their own pockets with consulting fees even as the ship went down.