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featherbed

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

Definition of featherbed

:calling for, sanctioning, or resulting from featherbedding
  • a featherbed rule
  • a featherbed job

First Known Use of featherbed

1938


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featherbed

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 (something, such as an industry) by government aid

First Known Use of featherbed

1949


feather bed

noun

Definition of feather bed

1 :a feather mattress
2 :a bed having a feather mattress

First Known Use of feather bed

before 12th century


FEATHERBED Defined for English Language Learners

feather bed

noun

Definition of feather bed for English Language Learners

  • : a bed with a mattress that is filled with feathers


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