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featherbedding

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noun feath·er·bed·ding \-ˌbe-diŋ\

Definition of featherbedding

  1. :  the requiring of an employer usually under a union rule or safety statute to hire more employees than are needed or to limit production



1921

First Known Use of featherbedding

1921


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featherbedding

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noun feath·er·bed·ding \ˈfe-thər-ˌbe-diŋ\

Legal Definition of featherbedding

  1. :  the unfair labor practice of causing an employer to pay for services which are not performed (as by requiring more workers than necessary) — see also Labor Management Relations Act



Origin and Etymology of featherbedding

from the notion of making oneself comfortable through the receipt of excessive or unjustified compensation for little or no work


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