feather your own nest
Meaning: If you feather your own nest, you use your position or your job illegally for personal gain.
- Kelly says it's accepted in many developing countries that a government official will use their position to feather their own nest, and this is why government salaries are kept so low.
- In some countries a person who feathers their own nest isn't seen as being dishonest or corrupt; they're seen as being clever.
Government officials in the Republic of Amoralia feather their own nests by