- the practice of requiring an employer to hire unnecessary employees, to assign unnecessary work, or to limit production according to a union rule or safety statute: Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on diesel locomotives.
Origin of featherbedding
- to subject to or engage in featherbedding.
Origin of featherbed
First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from featherbedding
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Related Words for featherbeddingabate, decrease, diminish, dodge, dwindle, ease, flag, idle, lax, lessen, loose, moderate, neglect, reduce, relax, release, shirk, taper, tire, wane
- the practice of limiting production, duplicating work, or overmanning, esp in accordance with a union contract, in order to prevent redundancies or create jobs
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The practice of forcing an employer to hire more workers than are needed for a job.
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