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squirrel away

To hide, reserve, or hoard something for future use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squirrel" and "away." I've been squirreling away a little bit of money each so that I can afford a trip to Spain next summer. It turns out she'd been squirreling office supplies away in the filing cabinet near her desk. The company has been accused of squirreling away huge amounts of customers' data, which it then implemented into its advertising algorithms across its various platforms.
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squirrel something away

Fig. to hide something or store something in the way that a squirrel stores nuts for use in the winter. I squirreled a little money away for an occasion such as this. Liz squirreled away a lot of money while she was working.
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squirrel away

Hide or store, as in She squirreled away her savings in at least four different banks. This expression alludes to the squirrel's habit of hiding nuts and acorns in the ground. [First half of 1900s]
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squirrel away

v.
To hide or store something: They have been squirreling away money in an offshore bank account. The children were squirreling candy away in their rooms.
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squirrel something away

tv. to hide something in reserve. Here is some food. I squirreled it away in my suitcase.
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I would perhaps have more sympathy with these critics if the rest of the wealthy people in this country contributed a similar amount to our national coffers instead of squirreling away their assets in offshore accounts.
ROMANTIC: Ronnie Meanwhile, Sonia discovers Liam has been squirreling away large amounts of food from Carol's kitchen.
Shortly after their arrival, Wolfie finds a newborn foal and hides him, feeding him by squirreling away eggs and other foodstuffs from the woman who has reluctantly taken in the siblings.
Despite 12,213 more women having a cash Isa than men in Wales and the borders, men are squirreling away more cash, on average holding PS363 more in their Isa accounts.
Jason Robinson, director of savings operations for Birmingham Midshires, said: "We all know it can be tempting to spend a large oneoff payment but the research found over a third of people are squirreling away their bonus and we think this is a good start."
The male respondents in the poll, for Norwich Union, admitted squirreling away more expensive buys than their female counterparts.
And if no one is getting married, why are there so many bridal shops and so many fathers of daughters squirreling away every penny they can before the onslaught?
"If you're not squirreling away your nuts now, you're not going to make it through the long, cold winter that's coming in about two years," says one insider.
* "Many gurus flit about the land today predicting a monetary armageddon while urging the necessity for squirreling away gold and oatmeal in order to survive.
It's not as if they're squirreling away money," says a bondholder, who asked not to be identified.
Americans are now saving less, squirreling away about 4.2% of their disposable income versus 5.3% a year ago.
Yet when it comes to squirreling away the cash men hold an average pounds 321 more in their accounts.
Mr Brown told the jury: "You will hear how the defendant had been squirreling away large sums of money that he hoped would be out of the reach of his wife should divorce in the end be inevitable."