Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Nest-egg (A).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nest-egg (A).
Some money laid by. The allusion is to the custom of placing an egg in a hen’s nest to induce her to lay her eggs there. If a person has saved a little money, it serves as an inducement to him to increase his store.   1


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