- to grant excessive indulgence towardsThe 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 obsolete British use was one who went whoring a lot.
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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 — 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 — noun Date: before 12th century 1. a feather mattress 2. a bed having a feather mattress … New Collegiate 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