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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There is such a long list of worthy military causes that the cash would be better spent on almost anything other than feather-bedding civil servants.
Inscribed at the top of David Cameron's political gravestone will be a financial penalty that encapsulates the uncaring vindictiveness of a Tory PM who robs the poorest while feather-bedding millionaire chums.
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Combine this with less 'feather-bedding' by taxpayers' money of an elite in a the financial services industry and with a proper plan for growth, and we could start to move the country forward.
Mr Pickles replied: "As he is so cosy with his chief executive, he should ask him to take a pay cut to reduce central funding and the central office, to start sharing with other authorities, and instead of cutting the front line, to start cutting the feather-bedding."
As soon as you pretend that there's going to be someone feather-bedding you and looking after you, people tend to diminish their responsibility themselves, so they become uninterested.
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