Meaning of “featherbed” in the English Dictionary

"featherbed" in British English

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featherbedverb [ T ]

uk /ˌfeð.əˈbed/ us /ˌfeð.ɚˈbed/ -dd- UK disapproving
featherbedding
noun [ U ] uk /ˌfeð.əˈbed.ɪŋ/ us /ˌfeð.ɚˈbed.ɪŋ/

The taxpayer was forced to fund the featherbedding of a privatized rail company.

(Definition of “featherbed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)