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.
See also: line
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.

line one's pockets, to

To accept bribes, or acquire money in some other questionable way. One writer claims that this term originated when a court tailor who wanted the patronage of Beau Brummel gave him a gift of a coat lined with banknotes. However, the term to line one’s purse, meaning to cram it full of gold or money, predates the eighteenth-century dandy by some two hundred years; Shakespeare used it in Othello (1.1), where Iago speaks of dishonest servants who “have lin’d their coats.”
See also: line, to
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Slum landlords are lining their pockets by squeezing more and more people into unsuitable accommodation.
"These energy barons are ripping us off, lining their pockets. It is about time they stepped into the real world and protected their customers rather than their pay packets."
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More like a few lining their pockets hell for leather.
After lining their pockets via the expenses scandal they are now on holiday.
It is a slap in the face for honest people that these greedy people go on lining their pockets and get away with it.
No, it highlights the great divide between workers on a fixed rate and those greedy ministers who are lining their pockets from the taxes paid by those workers.
Politicians should be barred from taking second jobs to stop them "lining their pockets on the side", an MP said yesterday.
POLICE are urging homeowners in a Staffordshire village to be on their guard from thieves lining their pockets by stripping lead off roofs.
It is time the troops got what they want after decades of neglect, Corruption for the Liberals is lining their pockets, greasing their chums in Montreal trattorias and drinking and eating until they gag.
What could be more damaging than corporations creating the impression that they were lining their pockets with millions of dollars of cash from life insurance policies on employees, while the deceased employee's family got nothing?
Like the rest of the public sector, the House of Commons is drunk on greed, MPs are forever lining their pockets at taxpayers expense.
Shame on the other 16 local authorities who are more concerned with lining their pockets with cash from phone giants greedy to increase their coverage
Right now after lining their pockets via the expenses scandal they decide to go on holiday.