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- An allusion to the preservation of food in salt.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To save or preserve (especially money) for future use.
- 1844, James Fenimore Cooper, chapter 2, in Miles Wallingford:
- "You have more than two thousand salted away, I know, Moses, between prize-money, wages, adventures, and other matters."
- 1908, O. Henry, "Tempered Wind" in The Gentle Grafter:
- Some of the stockholders . . . wanted to leave the money invested. "Salt away that chicken feed in your duds, and skip along," says Buck. "What business have you got investing in bonds?"