featherbed


featherbed (http://definr.com/featherbed)

     n : a mattress stuffed with feathers [syn: feather bed]
     v 1: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper
          the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
          [syn: pamper, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle,
           spoil, indulge]
     2: hire more workers than are necessary