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nest egg

noun
1.
money saved and held in reserve for emergencies, retirement, etc.
2.
a natural or artificial egg placed in a nest to induce a hen to continue laying eggs there.
Origin of nest egg
1600-1610
1600-10
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  • Several times I searched nests for eggs, but somebody always had beaten me to it, as I never even found so much as a nest egg.

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • May it be the nest egg by means of which you may hatch out a great fortune.

    A Chinese Wonder Book Norman Hinsdale Pitman
  • But, achora, don't let them be widout a nest egg; an' whishper—maybe you'd breed a clackin' out o' them, that you might sell.

    Going To Maynooth William Carleton
  • My fingers closed greedily over the bills; it was the nest egg, the beginning.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
  • You insisted I should have a nest egg before you would murmur, 'I do'?

  • Boy, tell your mamma I sorry I ain' had no egg to send her 'cept just dat one nest egg.

  • "Better keep it for a nest egg then, Tom," laughed Collins, overflowing with animal spirits in view of their recent deliverance.

    The Thorn in the Nest Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for nest egg

nest egg

noun
1.
a fund of money kept in reserve; savings
2.
a natural or artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
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Slang definitions & phrases for nest egg

nest egg

noun phrase

Saved money, esp for use in retirement or an enterprise, emergency, etc (1700+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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