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featherbed

[feth-er-bed]
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verb (used with or without object), feath·er·bed·ded, feath·er·bed·ding.
  1. to subject to or engage in featherbedding.
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Origin of featherbed

First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from featherbedding
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Related Words for featherbed

abate, decrease, diminish, dodge, dwindle, ease, flag, idle, lax, lessen, loose, moderate, neglect, reduce, relax, release, shirk, taper, tire, wane

Examples from the Web for featherbed

Historical Examples of featherbed

  • I have heard of one who used to get into the middle of a featherbed.

    Expository Writing

    Mervin James Curl

  • Coming home it was a gorgeous winter's night on the Featherbed Mountain.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • I have a piece of mutton and a featherbed for you at all times; I pray make haste.

  • A bit of straw matting, laid over a featherbed, and covered with the under sheet, makes a very cool bed for an infant.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • It is, indeed, from no featherbed journey or carpet-knight's tour that Mr Coke has recently returned.