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nest egg

money saved and held in reserve for emergencies, retirement, etc.
a natural or artificial egg placed in a nest to induce a hen to continue laying eggs there.
Origin of nest egg
1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for nest-egg
Historical Examples
  • Our Ministers foresaw our ill-success at sea, and prudently laid a nest-egg for a war on the Continent.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • He may run them with the flocks, sell the wool, and keep the money as a nest-egg.

    The Story of Wool Sara Ware Bassett
  • Sergeant: It is the nest-egg half-crown we hand round in the collection plate every Sunday morning.

    Seven Short Plays Lady Gregory
  • We have kept a nest-egg in the bank, too, all the time, in case we did get stuck.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • A course of years passed as a chef in Havanna and other places had gained him the nest-egg he desired.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • So it was you, Unc' Billy Possum, who kicked that nest-egg out.

    The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk Thornton W. Burgess
  • It is the nest-egg half-crown we hand round in the collection-plate every Sunday morning.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
  • With us, when we have made a little money we keep it to be a nest-egg to make more from.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest-egg by the side of which another will be laid.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • You want a nest-egg that will certainly hatch out a chicken.

    A Captain in the Ranks George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for nest-egg

nest egg

a fund of money kept in reserve; savings
a natural or artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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