nest egg
noun Date: 14th century 1. a natural or artificial egg left in a nest especially to induce a hen to continue to lay there 2. a fund of money accumulated as a reserve

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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