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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in or promote featherbedding.
  • adj. Relating to or promoting featherbedding: featherbed rules.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mattress stuffed with feathers
  • v. To treat someone with excessive indulgence; to pamper, cosset or mollycoddle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a bed filled with feathers.
  • n. a mattress stuffed with feathers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bed made of feathers; a mattress filled with feathers; a soft bed.
  • n. The feather-poke, a small bird of the genus Phylloscopus, as the willow-warbler, P. trochilus, or chiff-chaff, P. rufus: so called because it uses feathers in making its nest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mattress stuffed with feathers
  • v. treat with excessive indulgence
  • n. a mattress stuffed with feathers
  • v. hire more workers than are necessary

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