salt away

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • An allusion to the preservation of food in salt.

Verb[edit]

salt away (third-person singular simple present salts away, present participle salting away, simple past and past participle salted away)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To save or preserve (especially money) for future use.
    • 1844, James Fenimore Cooper, Miles Wallingford, ch. 2:
      "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?"