Definition of featherbed
noun (also feather bed)
a bed that has a mattress stuffed with feathers.
verb (also feather-bed) [with object]
provide (someone) with advantageous economic or working conditions:apart from the fees he earns, a practicing lawyer is not featherbedded in any way
(usually as noun featherbedding
) deliberately limit production or retain excess staff in (a business) in order to create jobs or prevent unemployment, typically as a result of a union contract.