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featherbed

[ feth-er-bed ]
/ 藞f蓻冒 蓹r藢b蓻d /
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verb (used with or without object), feath路er路bed路ded, feath路er路bed路ding.
to subject to or engage in featherbedding.
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Origin of featherbed

First recorded in 1945鈥50; back formation from featherbedding

Other definitions for featherbed (2 of 2)

feather bed

noun
a mattress or a bed cover, as a quilt, stuffed with soft feathers.

Origin of feather bed

before 1000; Middle English, Old English
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British Dictionary definitions for featherbed

feather bed

noun
a mattress filled with feathers or down
verb featherbed -beds, -bedding or -bedded
(tr) to pamper; spoil
(intr) US to be subject to or engage in featherbedding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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