Feathers (4)

새의 깃털에 대한 표현은 깃털 수 만큼 많을 듯하다. 예전에 사냥꾼이나 인디언들은 표적을 맞히면 모자나 머리장식에 깃털을 꽂았으며 영국의 왕족은 높은 신분의 표시로 화려한 깃털모자를 썼다. 그래서 feather in one's cap은 명예스러운 일을 뜻하게 되었다.

Birds cover the inside of the nest with feathers to make the nest softer and warmer. They pull some of the feathers from their own bodies. And they find others on the ground. But a lot of feathers are stolen from the nests of other birds.

Another expression is "" It means hiring more workers than are needed for a job. Companies sometimes are forced by labor unions or safety rules to have more employees than the company thinks it needs. It is easy to see where the expression came from. A job with little to do is a s soft and comfortable as a feather bed.

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