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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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  • After that you kin sleep in a feather bed—as soft as your own white hands.

    Dorothy Dale's Camping Days Margaret Penrose
  • Some recommend a feather bed, but I think an Expert is better.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Very considerable training must, doubtless, be required, to reconcile a Mohawk Indian to a feather bed.

    Dealings With The Dead A Sexton of the Old School
  • I feel like the bullet which has been fired into the feather bed.

  • Didnt your grandma sleep during nearly a hundred years on a feather bed?

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • You—a doctor—sleep on a feather bed and get up at night to your patients!

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The green mossy earth under their feet gave way as if they were treading upon a feather bed.

    The Manor House School Angela Brazil
  • It was like falling into a feather bed to land in that hay-pile the way I did.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • He had the habit of soaring up into the sunset and sitting around in a large pink cloud like a kid bouncing on a feather bed.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • But you didn't miss anything; it was like hitting a feather bed.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
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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