feather one's nest

[feather one's nest] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To use for yourselfmoney and power, especially from a public office or job in which youare trusted to help other people.

The rich man told his lawyer touse his money after he died to build a hospital for poor people, butthe lawyer feathered his own nest with the money instead.

The manfeathered his nest in politics by getting money from contractors whobuilt roads.

Syn.: LINE ONE'S POCKETS. 2. To make your home pleasantand comfortable; furnish and decorate your house.

Furniture storeswelcome young couples who want to feather their nests.