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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
1600-1610
1600-10
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  • Nor was it money, even though he is sitting on a shrinking nest egg.
  • Yet that is exactly what you do when you put money into a retirement nest egg.
  • In other words, if your money is not earning more than the rate of inflation, you will lose part of your nest egg's buying power.
  • Develop a savings plan to create a nest egg for your retirement.
  • Bottom line, however is that there is no investment that can turn a nearly empty nest egg into a full one.
  • But you are responsible for building up a nest egg big enough to support yourself, and perhaps your family, in retirement.
  • With a smaller nest egg, older workers may thus have decided that they cannot yet afford to retire.
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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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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