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nest egg

money saved and held in reserve for emergencies, retirement, etc.
a natural or artificial egg placed in a nest to induce a hen to continue laying eggs there.
Origin of nest egg
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
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nest egg

a fund of money kept in reserve; savings
a natural or artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
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nest egg

noun phrase

Saved money, esp for use in retirement or an enterprise, emergency, etc (1700+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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