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featherbed

[feth -er-bed] /ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), featherbedded, featherbedding.
1.
to subject to or engage in featherbedding.
Origin of featherbed
1945-1950
1945-50; back formation from featherbedding
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British Dictionary definitions for featherbed

feather bed

noun
1.
a mattress filled with feathers or down
verb -beds, -bedding, -bedded
2.
(transitive) to pamper; spoil
3.
(intransitive) (US) to be subject to or engage in featherbedding
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Slang definitions & phrases for featherbed

featherbed

verb
  1. To work languidly and sluggishly; seek easy tasks
  2. To create or retain unnecessary jobs; do essentially fictitious jobs: featherbedding clauses in labor agreements (1920s+)

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