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1    den, haunt, hideaway, refuge, resort, retreat, snuggery  
2    breeding-ground, den, hotbed  

nest egg     
cache, deposit, fall-back, fund(s), reserve, savings, store  
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  ( nests    plural & 3rd person present)   ( nesting    present participle)   ( nested    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A bird's nest is the home that it makes to lay its eggs in.  
oft poss N  
I can see an eagle's nest on the rocks.     
2       verb   When a bird nests somewhere, it builds a nest and settles there to lay its eggs.  
Some species may nest in close proximity to each other.      V  
...nesting sites.      V-ing  
3       n-count   A nest is a home that a group of insects or other creatures make in order to live in and give birth to their young in.  
usu poss N  
Some solitary bees make their nests in burrows in the soil., ...a rat's nest.     
    crow's nest  
    love nest  
5    When children fly the nest, they leave their parents' home to live on their own.  
fly the nest      phrase   V inflects   (=leave home)  
When their children had flown the nest, he and his wife moved to a thatched cottage in Dorset.     
    a hornet's nest  

crow's nest     
On a ship, the crow's nest is a small platform high up on the mast, where a person can go to look in all directions.      n-sing  
love nest        ( love nests    plural  ) , love-nest   A love nest is a house or flat where two people who are having a love affair live or meet.     (JOURNALISM)      n-count   usu sing  
nest egg        ( nest eggs    plural  ) , nest-egg   A nest egg is a sum of money that you are saving for a particular purpose.  
INFORMAL      n-count   usu sing  
They have a little nest egg tucked away somewhere for a rainy day.     

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See also:

nest egg, nestle, net, nest egg

empty nest syndrome n.
feeling of emptiness experienced by parents after the children leave their home

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