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salt away

To put something into storage for use at a later date. An allusion to preserving foods, especially meats, by curing them with salt. A noun or pronoun can be used between "salt" and "away." Over the years I've taken to salting away lots of bottled water and nonperishable foods, in case of an emergency. You'd be wise to salt some of your paycheck away each month.
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salt something away

 
1. Lit. to store and preserve a foodstuff by salting it. The farmer's wife salted a lot of fish and hams away for the winter. She salted away a lot of food.
2. Fig. to store something; to place something in reserve. I need to salt some money away for my retirement. I will salt away some money for emergencies.
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salt away

Also, salt down. Keep in reserve, store, save, as in He salted away most of his earnings in a bank account. This idiom alludes to using salt as a food preservative. [Mid-1800s]
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salt away

v.
To save or store something for future use: I salted away money from my summer job to pay for college. I bought 20 packs of paper towels that were on sale, and I salted them away.
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salt away, to

To put aside funds for future use. Treating fish or meat with salt is an ancient way of preserving it, antedating modern refrigeration by centuries. In the nineteenth century the term, also put as to salt down, began to be used figuratively for saving money. “No one to hinder you from salting away as many millions as you can carry off!” wrote R. W. Chambers (Maids of Paradise, 1902). Also see save for a rainy day.
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He has accumulated pounds 3.75billion - mainly by salting away the profits of illegal oil smuggling operations.
But will the convention, first drawn up in Paris two years ago by the world's 29 richest countries and five other nations, put an end to graft, baksheesh, venality in high places, and the salting away of `millions of dollars into unnamed Swiss bank accounts?
A lot of us don't have the means to be model savers, salting away a fourth or more of our salaries.
If you fear the worst may not be over, start salting away a regular monthly sub instead.
At the moment it is too easy for criminals to escape their liabilities by salting away their cash or putting their assets in their wife's name.
Says Legal & General: "If Frankie Dettori, the top jockey, had started a pension last year at the age of 25, intending to retire at 45, salting away pounds 1,225 a month, it would provide a pension fund worth pounds 966,000, assuming nine per cent annual investment growth.