nest egg

nest egg
nest egg est egg, n. 1. An egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place. [1913 Webster]

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

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