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feath•er•bed•ding



Pronunciation: (fe&thslash;'ur-bed"ing), [key]
n.
the practice of requiring an employer to hire unnecessary employees, to assign unnecessary work, or to limit production according to a union rule or safety statute: Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on diesel locomotives.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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