Definition of feather bed in English:

feather bed

noun

  • A bed that has a mattress stuffed with feathers.

    • ‘‘I don't know what you're talking about,’ she replied dully flopping onto the feather bed.’
    • ‘It was much harder than her feather bed, but it would do.’
    • ‘Changing quickly she snuggled down into her soft feather bed and thought of when Shawn and her first met.’
    • ‘Fran didn't use deckchairs, just natty old towels upon which she languidly stretched as if she was on a feather bed.’
    • ‘Before retiring to your cozy feather bed in the antiques-filled 1902 house, slip out to the gazebo-screened hot tub (robe and slippers provided).’
    • ‘In thinking over the old times, when people slept in feather-beds, with closed windows, and, sometimes, a stove burning in the room, we wonder that our grandparents did not die of asphyxiation.’
    • ‘Hang your coat in the handcrafted armoire before stretching out on the four-poster with feather bed and comforter.’
    • ‘It was good weather to stay wrapped in a down comforter on a feather bed and watch first light seep over the hills and through the surrounding woods to filter around the curtains.’
    • ‘His back was relatively sore after making the rough transition from a feather bed to a hard pallet on the floor.’
    • ‘For some years there was an uneasy rapprochement with Richard, but in 1397 Gloucester was seized, at the king's orders, and taken to Calais, where he died, having apparently been smothered under a feather bed.’
    • ‘Laurie removed a feather bed from the guest bedroom and insisted that Brian take it to camp.’
    • ‘But instead of lingering outdoors, we head up to our room, where it feels wonderful to kick off our shoes and lie back on the overstuffed feather bed in a room filled with delicate antique furniture.’
    • ‘Once she reached the master bedroom, Sarah threw open the doors and quickly shed her clothes, donning some gray sweats and a tank top, brushed her teeth and collapsed into her feather bed.’
    • ‘She stretched languidly on the soft feather bed and imagined the duke sitting there again, just watching her, smiling at the sight of her asleep.’
    • ‘Will I get running water, a nice feather bed, perhaps a private stash of rum?’
    • ‘Another option is a fluffy feather bed that adds some extra cushion to the mattress and some warmth to the nighttime.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Provide (someone) with excessively favourable economic or working conditions.

    ‘apart from the fees he earns, a practising barrister is not feather-bedded in any way’
    • ‘For many, many years they had feather-bedded, cushioned provisions in those key industries.’
    • ‘We are feather-bedding them all at our expense!’
    • ‘You cannot expect people to feather-bed these public sector employees while being robbed blind by spendthrift councils and Government taxes.’
    • ‘One said: ‘Why should he be feather-bedded when they've already missed one target launch date?’’
    • ‘We cannot afford to feather-bed the trucking industry if we want a fair, level playing field for rail, which is more energy efficient.’
    pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparent
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Pronunciation

feather bed

/ˈfɛðəbɛd/