feather (one's) nest

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feather (one's) nest

To furnish and beautify one's residence. Now that the apartment is officially mine, I can't wait to start feathering my nest!
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feather one's (own) nest

 
1. Fig. to decorate and furnish one's home in style and comfort. (Alludes to birds lining their nests with feathers to make them warm and comfortable.) With the new family room and expanded kitchen, they seem to have feathered their nest quite comfortably.
2. Fig. to use power and prestige to provide for oneself selfishly. (Said especially of politicians who use their offices to make money for themselves.) The mayor seemed to be helping people, but she was really feathering her own nest. The building contractor used a lot of public money to feather his nest.
See also: feather, nest
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

feather one's nest

Acquire wealth for oneself, especially by taking advantage of one's position or using the property of others. For example, Bill's many profitable consulting assignments enabled him to feather his nest quite comfortably . This expression alludes to birds making a soft nest for their eggs. [Mid-1500s]
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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.

feather your nest

If someone feathers their nest, they take advantage of their job or position in order to get a lot of money, so that they can lead a comfortable life. People seem to feel that politicians only care about helping out their rich friends and feathering their own nests. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: Some birds line their nests with soft feathers which they take from their own breasts or gather from the ground.
See also: feather, nest
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

feather your (own) nest

make money, usually illicitly and at someone else's expense.
This phrase refers to the way in which some birds use feathers (their own or another bird's) to line the interior of their nest.
1998 Spectator It won't solve a damned thing except feather the nests of a lot of dodgy pen-pushers and party hacks.
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feather your (own) ˈnest

make yourself richer, especially by spending money on yourself that should be spent on something else: He’s been feathering his own nest at the expense of the people he was supposed to be helping.
See also: feather, nest
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feather (one's) nest

To grow wealthy by taking advantage of one's position or by making use of property or funds left in one's trust.
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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.

feather one's nest, to

To enrich oneself, to provide well for oneself. Alluding to the practice of birds making a soft nest for their eggs and young, this expression originated in the sixteenth century. It appeared in the 1553 play Respublica (1:1) by an unknown author, as well as in several other works of the period. It was a cliché by the eighteenth century.
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