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featherbed

verb [T] uk   /ˌfeð.əˈbed/ us    /-ɚ-/ (-dd-) UK disapproving
to protect someone, especially a group of workers, too much and make things easy for them 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.
featherbedding
noun [U] uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
The taxpayer was forced to fund the featherbedding of a privatized rail company.
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