couch in

couch (something) in (something)

To convey something very deliberately by saying it in a particular way or with particular wording. That professor always manages to couch her criticism in kind words, so I'm never too upset by her negative feedback.
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couch something in something

to express something in carefully chosen or deceptive words. He tended to couch his explanations in arcane vocabulary. She couched her words in an overly polite manner.
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References in classic literature ?
She sank on her knees before a little couch in the darkest corner of the room.
I found her propped up on the couch in her bay-window, with her foot in a big slipper.
There was an old couch in the house, which was his favourite resting-place by day; and when the sun shone, and the weather was warm, Nicholas had this wheeled into a little orchard which was close at hand, and his charge being well wrapped up and carried out to it, they used to sit there sometimes for hours together.
And my couch in the cooling gallery - my favorite couch, in my favorite corner, which I had secured with gusto on coming in - it was a bed of thorns, with hideous visions of a plank-bed to follow!
He reclined on his couch in the sitting-room, and extinguished the light.
Marjorie Chakravarti, 72, got the couch in 1992 from a GP centre in Todmorden, West Yorks, where Shipman began his lethal career.
the morning, I left my couch in Tatamagouche, and that has made a big
A week ago she changed her online profile and now she is ready to host a traveler on her new brown couch in her house in Worcester.
Congratulations to Sylvia Stern of Richboro, PA whose brightly-colored green retro sofa won the infamous title of Ugliest Couch in America.
The 131-year-old company has embarked on this impressive growth under the stewardship of owner, chairman and chief executive Michael Sandford-Couch, who took over from his father Stuart Couch in 1995.
I remember that day so clearly,'' said the UC Riverside-bound Fike, who plays next to Couch in the midfield.
A few mornings ago, the rail-thin TV and radio personality settled on a couch in the corner of a Beverly Hills hotel's empty bar area and ordered coffee, black.
The only pre-requisite is that a user needs to offer up a couch in order to take advantage of other people's couches.
A confirmed Democrat, he won Hoover's admiration as a man who was willing to put aside political partisanship when national emergencies demanded unified action," James Olson wrote of Couch in a 1973 Arkansas Historical Quarterly article.