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featherbedding

[feth -er-bed-ing] /ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of requiring an employer to hire unnecessary employees, to assign unnecessary work, or to limit production according to a union rule or safety statute:
Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on diesel locomotives.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; feather + bedding

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
1945-50; back formation from featherbedding
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Examples for featherbedding
  • When every joke about your business mentions featherbedding, you should be worried about outsourcing.
  • In short: less featherbedding of their party's paymasters be they trade unions or big business.
  • He has been withering in his criticism of the featherbedding that has bankrupted the state.
  • We're probably also number one in featherbedding officials.
  • It reminds me of featherbedding, the discredited labor practice of using more workers than are necessary.
British Dictionary definitions for featherbedding

featherbedding

/ˈfɛðəˌbɛdɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of limiting production, duplicating work, or overmanning, esp in accordance with a union contract, in order to prevent redundancies or create jobs
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featherbedding in Culture

featherbedding definition


The practice of forcing an employer to hire more workers than are needed for a job.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for featherbedding

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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