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sock away

To save or reserve something, especially money, for future use. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sock" and "away." If you can sock away even $100 each month, it will go a long way toward our vacation at the end of the year. We've been socking little bits away for years in order to put down a deposit on a home.
See also: away, sock

sock something away

to place something, such as money, into reserve; to store something in a secure place. I try to sock a little money away each month for my vacation. I will sock away some money.
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sock away

Put money in a safe place for future use, as in I've got about $2,000 socked away for a new car. This usage presumably alludes to putting one's savings in a sock. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
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sock away

v.
To put something valuable in a safe place for future use: He socked away some gold in a mattress in case the bank was robbed. While the rest of us have been blowing our salaries on electronic gadgets, she has been quietly socking hers away.
See also: away, sock
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(And most people won't have socked away $5,000 annually for 25 years, anyway.)
At $74 billion in wealth, he is far ahead of #2 Bill gates of Microsoft with $56 billion in wealth and #3 Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway with $50 billion socked away.
Earlier this year, the Port of Newport applied for $13 million in federal stimulus money to add to the $18 million it had socked away for removing the 365-foot USS Hennebique and USS Pasley, decommissioned after the war.
There is an estimated $415 billion in time deposit savings now socked away in Japan's postal savings system that's coming due in the year ahead.
Moreover, those leaders socked away whatever taxes, internal resources, foreign aid and international loans they could extract for themselves, leaving the rest of the populace destitute, he maintains.
Thirteen years later, Rose has more than $100,000 socked away (the average American?
In the same week, institutional and retail investors socked away a combined $10.7 billion in money market funds, the traditional storehouse for cash when investors aren't willing to risk it elsewhere.
We've made it ourselves: The money was socked away for a rainy day, and the state is in the midst of a downpour.
I knew that I had saved a lot of money, but I didn't have that kind of money socked away to buy Johnson's Luncheonette." Woods asked her mother to mortgage the family farm to help raise the $20,000 down payment.
Although fewer than 1 percent of the world's households have this kind of spare change, they socked away about 38 percent of the world's wealth in 2009, up from 36 percent the year before.
The city has socked away about $25 million for future building needs, but a renovated or new City Hall is expected to cost much more than that.
Single mother, 26 * lives in Falls Church, Virginia * makes $47,000 a year as a consultant * has already socked away about $9,000 in her 401(k) plan * puts 7% of her annual salary into the plan * just bought a $115,000 house, borrowing $3,000 from her retirement plan for the down payment * pays about $1,000 a month in mortgage and maintenance.
NORTHBRIDGE - Town meeting voters socked away $120,000 in the town's savings account, pared away two members on the playground and recreation committee, and did not act on a request to change the zoning of land near the Beaumont Nursing Home in Rockdale.
In less than a year, Stewart socked away enough money for a down payment on her very first home.