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nest egg Explained

nest egg at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] 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.//

nest egg at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "nest egg":
Swiss bank account, assets, backlog, balance, bank account,
bottom dollar, budget, cache, cash reserves, checking account,
command of money, exchequer, finances, fund, funds, hoard,
inventory, kitty, life savings, means, moneys, pecuniary resources,
pocket, pool, purse, reserve, reserve fund, reserve supply,
reserves, reservoir, resource, resources, savings, savings account,
sinking fund, something in reserve, stock, stockpile, store,
substance, treasure, unexpended balance, unregistered bank account,

nest egg at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Store): stock, fund, mine, vein, lode, supply, heap, collection, treasure, reserve, nest egg, savings, harvest, store, accumulation, hoard.

nest egg at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(informal) a sum of money that you save to use in the future

Nest egg at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Nest \Nest\, n. [AS. nest; akin to D. & G. nest, Sw. n["a]ste,
L. nidus, for nisdus, Skr. n[=i]?a resting place, nest; cf.
Lith. lizdas, Arm. neiz, Gael. & Ir. nead. Prob. from the
particle ni down, Skr. ni + the root of E. sit, and thus
orig., a place to sit down in. [root] 264. See {Nether}, and
{Sit}, and cf. {Eyas}, {Nidification}, {Nye}.]
1. The bed or receptacle prepared by a fowl for holding her
eggs and for hatching and rearing her young.

The birds of the air have nests. --Matt. viii.

2. Hence: the place in which the eggs of other animals, as
insects, turtles, etc., are laid and hatched; a snug place
in which young animals are reared. --Bentley.

3. A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a
retreat, or place of habitual resort; hence, those who
occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are associated in the
same pursuit; as, a nest of traitors; a nest of bugs.

A little cottage, like some poor man's nest.

4. (Geol.) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an
isolated state, within a rock.

5. A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated
size, each put within the one next larger.

6. (Mech.) A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc.,
working together or collectively.

{Nest egg}, an egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from
forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same
place; hence, figuratively, something laid up as the
beginning of a fund or collection. --Hudibras.

nest egg at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

nest egg
n 1: a fund of money put by as a reserve [syn: {savings}]
2: device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to
induce hens to lay their eggs in it

nest egg at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: en-noun » head=nest egg
  • A natural or artificial egg placed in a bird's nest, to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there.
    1. Patent No. 211,363 was issued on Jan. 14, 1879 to O. F. Woodward for a Nest-Egg:
    2. : My improvement relates to artificial eggs composed of a substance which is offensive to insects, the object being to render the same effective, not only as a nest-egg, but also as a destroyer of vermin.
    3. Inter: idiomati » c A savings; a reserve of money.
    4. : Over time, they accumulated a tidy nest egg and retired comfortably.
    5. 1915, Category: w - :W. Somerset Maugham|W.S. Maugham, "Category: s - :Of Human Bondage/Chapter XXXIX|Of Human Bondage":
    6. : When Mrs. Carey was married she had three hundred pounds, and this money, carefully watched, had been used by her to meet any unforeseen expense, any urgent charity, or to buy Christmas and birthday presents for her husband and for Philip. In the course of years it had diminished sadly, but it was still with the Vicar a subject for jesting. He talked of his wife as a rich woman and he constantly spoke of the "nest egg".


      Inter: trans-top » egg placed in a bird's nest

  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|pesämuna, Inter: t+ » fi|munitusmuna
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|подкладень|m|tr=podkladen'|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » ru|обманное яйцо|n|tr=obmannoye yaitso|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|fol

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » savings
    • Catalan: coixí (pillow)
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|appeltje voor de dorst
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|pesämuna

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|dugipénz
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|gruzzolo|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|сбережения|n|p|tr=sberezheniya|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » nest egg
    Translation: my » nest egg
    Category: simple:nest egg -
    Translation: fi » nest egg
    Translation: tr » nest egg