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feather merchant

noun, Older Slang.
a person who avoids responsibility and effort; loafer.
Origin of feather merchant
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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feather merchant

noun phrase

  1. A civilian, esp one who evades military service
  2. A reserve officer, or a person commissioned directly into the Navy
  3. A sailor who has a desk job

[WWII armed forces; perhaps fr a group of small rather parasitic persons called feather merchants in the comic strip ''Barney Google'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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