feather bed

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feather bed

n.
1. A mattress stuffed with feathers.
2. A bed having a feather mattress.

feather bed

n
(Furniture) a mattress filled with feathers or down
vb, -beds, -bedding or -bedded
1. (tr) to pamper; spoil
2. (intr) US to be subject to or engage in featherbedding

feath′er bed′


n.
a mattress stuffed with soft feathers.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feather bed - a mattress stuffed with feathersfeather bed - a mattress stuffed with feathers  
mattress - a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
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Hunt should try getting up early then going to bed late after a long shift instead of threatening to brush fewer crumbs off his rich man's table to force those, whom he clearly views as feather-bedded shirkers, to pull out their fingers.
I'm a bit tired of even the slightly disabled, the not-soold, who feel they must be feather-bedded.
Therefore, Mr Williamson, I suggest you focus more on the majority around you that do not enjoy your feather-bedded existence and less on the tiny minority of politicians because we are providing your pension.
But pen-pushers in local authorities, teachers in failing schools and binmen on bonuses live an existence feather-bedded by the state.
THE crisis created for the Tories by David Cameron's feather-bedded upbringing is that voters are questioning whether he's fit to deal with the problems facing ordinary people.
The industry is feather-bedded enough without more public money supporting the proposed extension of the runway at Birmingham International Airport or aviation expansion elsewhere in the UK and the EU.
If the BBC thinks it is so popular that Britain can't do without it, let it become a subscription-only service and see how long it lasts in its present in its present, feather-bedded form.
Maybe that's why those in the Palace of Westminster are so detached from those they rule, and take us, the Great British people, for mugs who will keep them in their feather-bedded lifestyle for years to come.
Tony Blair, while clearly too timid to apply the "polluter pays" principle to the feather-bedded aviation industry, is apparently unconcerned by bus and rail fares going through the roof.
But, as we have seen, what is good for slack, subsidised and feather-bedded foreigners won't do for an industry that employs tens of thousands in important swing states such as West Virginia.
AW's letter highlights the feather-bedded system linked to housing benefits and indeed social housing which deters people from actually making decisions and actions to deal with their own problems.
The word "subsidised" has connotations of an inefficient service being feather-bedded unjustifiably, perhaps for political correctness or to win votes.