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1featherbed

adjective feath·er·bed \ˈfe-thər-ˌbed\

Definition of FEATHERBED

:  calling for, sanctioning, or resulting from featherbedding <a featherbed rule> <a featherbed job>
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First Known Use of FEATHERBED

1938

2featherbed

verb

Definition of FEATHERBED

intransitive verb
1
a :  to require that more workers be hired than are needed
b :  to limit production under a featherbed rule
2
:  to do featherbed work or put in time under a featherbed rule
transitive verb
1
:  to bring under a featherbed rule
2
:  to assist (as an industry) by government aid

First Known Use of FEATHERBED

1949

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