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feather bed

a mattress or a bed cover, as a quilt, stuffed with soft feathers.
Origin of feather bed
before 1000; Middle English, Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They carry it as a man might a feather bed; it enables them to fall soft.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • I'll also take without her knowin' it some feathers from her feather bed.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • Sonya could not continue, and again hid her face in her hands and in the feather bed.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Some recommend a feather bed, but I think an Expert is better.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • With the first money that I earned in this way I bought a feather bed!

    Daughters of the Puritans Seth Curtis Beach
  • I feel like the bullet which has been fired into the feather bed.

  • You—a doctor—sleep on a feather bed and get up at night to your patients!

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • It was like falling into a feather bed to land in that hay-pile the way I did.

    The Motor Boys Overland

    Clarence Young
  • But you didn't miss anything; it was like hitting a feather bed.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • I had to pawn my feather bed to have enough for the rent, and you are rolling in money.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
British Dictionary definitions for feather bed

feather bed

a mattress filled with feathers or down
verb -beds, -bedding, -bedded
(transitive) to pamper; spoil
(intransitive) (US) to be subject to or engage in featherbedding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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