feather bed
noun Date: before 12th century 1. a feather mattress 2. a bed having a feather mattress

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Feather bed — Feather Feath er (f[e^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. fether, AS. fe[eth]er; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fj[ o][eth]r, Sw. fj[ a]der, Dan. fj[ae]der, Gr. ptero n wing, feather, pe tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feather-bed — ˌfeather ˈbed f10 [feather bed feather beds feather bedded feather bedding] verb ( dd )feather bed sb/sth (BrE …   Useful english dictionary

  • feather bed — ► NOUN ▪ a bed with a mattress stuffed with feathers. ► VERB (feather bed) ▪ provide with excessively favourable economic or working conditions …   English terms dictionary

  • feather bed — n. a strong cloth container thickly filled with feathers or down, used as a mattress …   English World dictionary

  • feather bed — noun a mattress stuffed with feathers • Syn: ↑featherbed • Hypernyms: ↑mattress * * * noun Etymology: Middle English fetherbed, from fether feather + bed ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • feather-bed —    to grant excessive indulgence towards    The derivation possibly comes from the Rock Island Railroad whose train crews complained of hard bunks and were thereupon asked if they wanted feather beds (Holt, 1961). A feather bed soldier in… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • feather bed — noun a bed with a mattress stuffed with feathers. verb (feather bed) provide with excessively favourable economic or working conditions …   English new terms dictionary

  • feather bed — feather mattress, bed having a feather mattress …   English contemporary dictionary

  • feather bed — a mattress or a bed cover, as a quilt, stuffed with soft feathers. [bef. 1000; ME, OE] * * * …   Universalium

  • feather bed — feath′er bed′ n. a mattress stuffed with soft feathers • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

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