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feath·er·bed·ding

 (fĕth′ər-bĕd′ĭng)
n.
1. The hiring of more workers than necessary or the limiting of worker productivity in order to allow employment of more persons, usually as a result of a union contract with an employer.
2. The paying for services that are not actually performed, as in a union-imposed fee upon an employer.

feath′er·bed′ v. & adj.

featherbed


Past participle: featherbedded
Gerund: featherbedding

Imperative
featherbed
featherbed
Present
I featherbed
you featherbed
he/she/it featherbeds
we featherbed
you featherbed
they featherbed
Preterite
I featherbedded
you featherbedded
he/she/it featherbedded
we featherbedded
you featherbedded
they featherbedded
Present Continuous
I am featherbedding
you are featherbedding
he/she/it is featherbedding
we are featherbedding
you are featherbedding
they are featherbedding
Present Perfect
I have featherbedded
you have featherbedded
he/she/it has featherbedded
we have featherbedded
you have featherbedded
they have featherbedded
Past Continuous
I was featherbedding
you were featherbedding
he/she/it was featherbedding
we were featherbedding
you were featherbedding
they were featherbedding
Past Perfect
I had featherbedded
you had featherbedded
he/she/it had featherbedded
we had featherbedded
you had featherbedded
they had featherbedded
Future
I will featherbed
you will featherbed
he/she/it will featherbed
we will featherbed
you will featherbed
they will featherbed
Future Perfect
I will have featherbedded
you will have featherbedded
he/she/it will have featherbedded
we will have featherbedded
you will have featherbedded
they will have featherbedded
Future Continuous
I will be featherbedding
you will be featherbedding
he/she/it will be featherbedding
we will be featherbedding
you will be featherbedding
they will be featherbedding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been featherbedding
you have been featherbedding
he/she/it has been featherbedding
we have been featherbedding
you have been featherbedding
they have been featherbedding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been featherbedding
you will have been featherbedding
he/she/it will have been featherbedding
we will have been featherbedding
you will have been featherbedding
they will have been featherbedding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been featherbedding
you had been featherbedding
he/she/it had been featherbedding
we had been featherbedding
you had been featherbedding
they had been featherbedding
Conditional
I would featherbed
you would featherbed
he/she/it would featherbed
we would featherbed
you would featherbed
they would featherbed
Past Conditional
I would have featherbedded
you would have featherbedded
he/she/it would have featherbedded
we would have featherbedded
you would have featherbedded
they would have featherbedded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.featherbed - a mattress stuffed with feathersfeatherbed - 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
Verb1.featherbed - treat with excessive indulgencefeatherbed - treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
do by, treat, handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
2.featherbed - hire more workers than are necessary
hire, employ, engage - engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
References in periodicals archive ?
However, these cannot be larger than the losses incurred, and Brussels thinks DP has been featherbedded, helping it compete unfairly with private carriers.
Blair, on the other hand - whilst clearly too timid to apply the 'polluter pays' principle to the featherbedded aviation industry - is apparently unconcerned by bus and rail fares going through the roof.
And we stop sending out to the world the message that this country is a such a soft touch that all you have to do is arrive here to be given a featherbedded existence even without bothering to understand the language of the people who are paying for it.