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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nest egg

Historical Examples of nest egg

  • With us, when we have made a little money we keep it to be a nest-egg to make more from.

  • "The nest-egg for the second generation of Fletchers," he grinned.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • He may run them with the flocks, sell the wool, and keep the money as a nest-egg.

    The Story of Wool

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • We have kept a nest-egg in the bank, too, all the time, in case we did get stuck.

  • So it was you, Unc' Billy Possum, who kicked that nest-egg out.

British Dictionary definitions for nest egg

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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