Definition of feather one's nest in English:

feather one's nest

(also feather one's own nest)

phrase

  • Make money illicitly and at someone else's expense.

    ‘he may have decided to feather his nest by blackmail’
    • ‘I don't mind that he may have feathered his nest (after all we live in a capitalist society where feathering nests is the be all and end all).’
    • ‘A whole bunch of so called scientists, lawyers and, most important, politicians, have taken it over in the meantime to feather their own nest.’
    • ‘The people simply don't believe that politics has much changed, and regard the entire lot of politicians as corrupt species out to feather their own nest.’
    • ‘An admirer of Robert Owen, he thought that he could improve the lives of the working poor (and feather his own nest) by creating a community in which his workers owed every element of their existence to him.’
    • ‘But you may think I'm just feathering my own nest anyway, so the choice of who to believe is all yours.’
    • ‘But the way they (the politicians) have feathered their own nest in the last few years is corrupt too.’
    • ‘I also hope that in pointing out a minor aberration, you are not doing this to feather your own nest, young Lance.’
    • ‘They are in this line of work to feather their own nest.’
    • ‘If he had siphoned off taxes to feather his own nest, that would be a moral issue of public interest.’
    make money