- prevent the hen from forsaking
it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place.
2. Hence, (figuratively), Money set aside in a special fund to be used for special occasions, or more commonly, for retirement; as, she set aside a large hunk of her salary every month and had a considerable nest egg for her retirement. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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nest egg — ˈnest egg noun [countable] informal FINANCE an amount of money that you save to use later, especially when you have stopped working: • Life insurance endowment policies are a great way to build up a family nest egg for the future. * * * nest egg… … Financial and business terms
nest egg — nest eggs also nest egg N COUNT: usu sing A nest egg is a sum of money that you are saving for a particular purpose. [INFORMAL] They have a little nest egg tucked away somewhere for a rainy day … English dictionary
nest egg — n an amount of money that you have saved so that you can use it for something special in the future ▪ They had to use part of their retirement nest egg to pay for their son s college fees … Dictionary of contemporary English
nest egg — If you have some money saved for the future, it is a nest egg … The small dictionary of idiomes
nest egg — nest′ egg n. 1) money saved and held as a reserve for emergencies, retirement, etc 2) ahb. a natural or artificial egg placed in a nest to induce a hen to continue laying eggs there • Etymology: 1600–10 … From formal English to slang
nest egg — ► NOUN 1) a sum of money saved for the future. 2) a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay there … English terms dictionary
nest egg — n. 1. an artificial or real egg left in a nest to induce a hen to lay more eggs there 2. money, etc. put aside as a reserve or to establish a fund … English World dictionary
nest egg — index fund, store (depository) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
nest egg — nest ,egg noun singular an amount of money saved over a long period to use in the future … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
nest egg — [n] savings backup, cache, funds, investment, life savings, mad money*, means, money in the bank, piggy bank, provisions, rainy day fund*, reserves, resources, savings account, stash*, stockpile; concepts 335,340,446,710 … New thesaurus