featherbed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v featherbed hire more workers than are necessary
    • v featherbed treat with excessive indulgence "grandparents often pamper the children","Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
    • n featherbed a mattress stuffed with feathers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n featherbed A bed made of feathers; a mattress filled with feathers; a soft bed.
    • n featherbed The feather-poke, a small bird of the genus Phylloscopus, as the willow-warbler, P. trochilus, or chiff-chaff, P. rufus: so called because it uses feathers in making its nest.
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Usage

In literature:

The snow did not fall this time, it simply spilled out of heaven, like thousands of featherbeds being emptied.
"My Antonia" by Willa Cather
Then she began saving for a featherbed.
"Laddie" by Gene Stratton Porter
Buckled-round with such bolsters and huge featherbeds of Promotion, let him now fall as soft as he can!
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
By the side of the path, on the dusty dry grass, all sorts of household goods lay in a heap: featherbeds, a samovar, icons, and trunks.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
He was now going to a home provided by benevolent persons as a kind of featherbed to catch the falling workhouse boy.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
Also that they had been heard to smack their lips and speak darkly of featherbeds.
"Bedridden and The Winter Offensive" by W.W. Jacobs
Also that they had been heard to smack their lips and speak darkly of featherbeds.
"Deep Waters, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
First, the driver shook his head at featherbeds, dishes, trunk.
"Across the Fruited Plain" by Florence Crannell Means
Featherbeds are scarce in America.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Featherbeds; why unhealthy in Warm Weather.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
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In poetry:

Talking the way they talked
in the old featherbed,
peacefully, on and on,
dim lamplight in the hall,
down in the kitchen, the dog
tucked in her shawl.
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast Resort.
Virginia House Republicans have spent the past two days in a world of spectacular mountain views, spa treatments and featherbeds "plumped just so.".
At her shoot at the Glen Leven Estate, a historic farm in Nashville, singer Carrie Underwood managed to make a bale of hay look as comfortable as a featherbed.
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