skara eld að sinni köku

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Etymology[edit]

From skara (poke fire) + eld, the accusative of eldur (fire) + (to) + sinni the dative singular of sinn (one's own) + köku, the dative of kaka (cake). Literally meaning "to poke fire to one's own cake".

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skara eld sinni köku (weak verb, third-person singular past indicative skaraði eld að sinni köku, supine skarað eld að sinni köku)

  1. (idiomatic) to feather one's own nest, to feather one's nest, to look out for number one syn.

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