feather one's (own) nest
Definition of feather one's (own) nest
: to make oneself richer in a dishonest or improper way : to do things to increase one's own wealth, comfort, etc. She was accused of feathering her own nest with the company's money.
Word by Word Definitions
: any of the light, horny, epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds ◆Feathers include the smaller down feathers and the larger contour and flight feathers. Larger feathers consist of a shaft (rachis ) bearing branches (barbs ) which bear smaller branches (barbules ). These smaller branches bear tiny hook-bearing processes (barbicels ) which interlock with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous stiff vane . Down feathers lack barbules, resulting in fluffy feathers which provide insulation below the contour feathers.
: the vane of an arrow
: to furnish (as an arrow) with a feather
: to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers
: to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance
: used to express immediate or direct kinship
: to have or hold as property : possess
: to have power or mastery over
: to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit
: a bed or receptacle prepared by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young
: a place or specially modified structure serving as an abode of animals and especially of their immature stages
: a receptacle resembling a bird's nest
: to build or occupy a nest : settle in or as if in a nest
: to fit compactly together or within one another : embed
: to form a nest for
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