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nest egg

n.
1. An artificial or natural egg placed in a nest to induce a bird to continue to lay eggs in that place.
2. A sum of money put by as a reserve.
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nest egg

n
1. a fund of money kept in reserve; savings
2. (Agriculture) a natural or artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
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nest′ egg`


n.
1. money saved and held as a reserve for emergencies, retirement, etc.
2. a natural or artificial egg placed in a nest to induce a hen to continue laying eggs there.
[1600–10]
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nest egg

- Poultry farmers formerly placed a porcelain or other fake egg in a hen's nest to encourage it to lay more eggs—from this came nest egg, money saved to encourage the making of more.
See also related terms for lay.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

Nest egg

Nest eggs, usually made of wood, porcelain, or celluloid, were put in hens’ nests to promote egg laying— the idea being that if a hen saw an egg (real or artificial) already in a nest she would be more likely to lay one herself.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nest egg - a fund of money put by as a reservenest egg - a fund of money put by as a reserve
fund, monetary fund - a reserve of money set aside for some purpose
2.nest egg - device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
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nest egg

noun savings, fund(s), store, reserve, deposit, fall-back, cache They have a little nest egg tucked away for a rainy day.
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nest egg

noun
A supply stored or hidden for future use:
Slang: stash.
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Translations
munitusmunapesämuna

nest egg

n (lit)Nestei nt; (fig)Notgroschen m; to have a nice little nest egg (fig)sich (dat)einen Notgroschen zurückgelegt haben
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

nest egg

n (fig) → gruzzolo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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SAVERS are choosing current accounts over traditional savings products to build up their nest eggs, research has found.
Meanwhile, 33% of parents said that grandparents help to top up their children's nest eggs.
The vast majority of folks with nest eggs have no idea what the real risks are and simply follow advice from their advisors or someone at work or Uncle Joe.
Almost one quarter (23%) of 50 to 64-year-olds have recently been forced to raid their nest eggs to pay for bills, compared with one fifth (20%) of consumers generally, according to a survey by Which?
While the 65-plus generation may be better than succeeding generations at saving, the recent economic downturn still exposed inadequacies in their retirement nest eggs, DiGiovanni says.
People in the North West also have the biggest nest eggs in relation to their salaries, with their deposits averaging a third of their annual pay.
The Halifax said 58 per cent of all children were savers, with boys accruing larger nest eggs than girls.
Eighteen per cent pillaged their nest eggs to pay for emergency car or home repairs.
While financial advisors have been around about as long as money itself, a new breed of so-called "green" practitioners is focusing on helping clients grow their personal nest eggs while contributing to the achievement of larger social and environmental goals.
Some have used the monthly $2,000 award to eliminate debt, start college funds, fund nest eggs, or save for a house.