feather one's nest

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feather one's nest

  1. (idiomatic) To achieve benefits, especially financial ones, by taking advantage of the opportunities with which one is presented; to amass a comfortable amount of personal wealth.
    • 1858, George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life, ch. 13:
      Dempster must have feathered his nest pretty well; he can afford to lose a little business.

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