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feather your own nest

Meaning: If you feather your own nest, you use your position or your job illegally for personal gain.

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

Government officials in the Republic of Amoralia feather their own nests by
  1. catching birds
  2. taking bribes
  3. working hard

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