AskDefine | Define featherbed

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featherbed n : a mattress stuffed with feathers [syn: feather bed]


1 treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn: pamper, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge]
2 hire more workers than are necessary [also: featherbedding, featherbedded]

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  1. A mattress stuffed with feathers

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  1. To treat someone with excessive indulgence; to pamper, cosset or mollycoddle

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Featherbeds are traditionally used on top of mattresses to help make them softer. They can be made either with feathers, down, or a combination of both materials. Most people recommend that you shake out or fluff the featherbed often to keep the feathers evenly distributed.
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