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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.
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Past participle: featherbedded
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|Noun||1.||featherbed - 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
|Verb||1.||featherbed - treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"|
|2.||featherbed - hire more workers than are necessary|
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