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English definition of “featherbed”

featherbed

verb [T]     /ˌfeð.əˈbed/ US  /-ɚ-/ (-dd-) disapproving
to protect someone, especially a group of workers, too much and make things easy for themDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving If a government featherbeds an industry, it gives it a lot of help, such as lower taxes, especially so that jobs will not be lost.Grants and allowances featherbedding     /-ɪŋ/ noun [U] The taxpayer was forced to fund the featherbedding of a privatized rail company.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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