couple


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have a couple

To have multiple alcoholic drinks (not necessarily just two), especially to the point of becoming mildly intoxicated. John's usually quite reticent around other people, but he becomes the life of the party after he's had a couple. Nothing helps me unwind after a long week of working like having a couple with some good friends.
See also: couple, have

odd couple

A particularly unlikely or mismatched pair of people. Though the senator and her running mate are quite the odd couple on paper, the partnership is clearly intended to broaden the scope of her appeal to voters in the upcoming election. We're a bit of an odd couple, all right, but the differences between my girlfriend and I seem to balance each other out.
See also: couple, odd

a couple of (people or things)

Two or more people or things. The phrase is intentionally vague in number. It's not going to be a big party—I just invited over a couple of people from school. I just need a couple of minutes to talk to you about your upcoming schedule, sir.
See also: couple, of

couple (something) (on)to (something)

To connect or fasten two things together. We still need to couple the trailer to the truck before we can leave. I coupled the latch onto the peg, so it should stay secure.
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couple (something) together

To connect or fasten two things together. We still need to couple the trailer and the truck together before we can leave.
See also: couple, together

couple up

To form a pair with someone else. The phrase is often but not always used to describe romantic relationships. When the teacher told us that we could work with a classmate on the assignment, I immediately coupled up with my best friend. I feel lonely because all of my friends are coupled up and dating right now.
See also: couple, up

couple with

1. To connect or fasten two things together. A noun or pronoun can be used between "couple" and "with." We still need to couple the trailer with the truck before we can leave.
2. To form a pair with someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "couple" and "with." When the teacher told us that we could work with a classmate on the assignment, I immediately coupled with my best friend.
3. euphemism To have sexual intercourse with someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "couple" and "with." My roommate hasn't been home any night this week—I wonder who he's coupling with.
See also: couple

kill time

To engage in an activity, usually a rather aimless or idle one, with the goal of making time seem to pass more quickly or less slowly. I'm going to walk down to the bookstore to kill time before my flight. Do you want anything? It used to be that people killed time at the train station by talking to each other, but now everyone is nose-deep in their phone.
See also: kill, time

kill (an amount of time)

To engage in an activity, usually a rather aimless or idle one, with the goal of making some amount of time seem to pass more quickly or less slowly. I'm going to walk down to the bookstore to kill a couple hours before my flight. Do you want anything? The game is great if you want to kill a few minutes here and there, but it gets pretty tiresome playing it for long stretches.
See also: amount, kill, of

strange bedfellows

A pair of people, things, or groups connected in a certain situation or activity but extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and an ultra-conservative media pundit may be strange bedfellows, but the two are coming together all this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would make strange bedfellows, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but the books they've co-written actually work really well.
See also: bedfellow, strange

couple of

two; two or three; a few; some; not many. Bill grabbed a couple of beers from the refrigerator. I hung a couple of pictures on the wall.
See also: couple, of

couple someone with someone

to join one person with another to make a pair. I coupled Todd with Amy for the dinner party.
See also: couple

couple something (on)to something

 and couple something on (to something); couple something on
to attach something to something. Couple this connector to that one. The railroad worker coupled on the next car in line. Couple the green one onto the red one.
See also: couple

couple something together

to attach two parts of something together. Couple these two cars together and put them on track seven. You have to couple the ends of the two hoses together before you turn on the water.
See also: couple, together

couple something with something

to join one thing with another to make a pair. We coupled the budget issue with the staffing issue for our agenda.
See also: couple

couple up (with someone)

[for one person] to join another person to form a pair. I decided to couple up with Larry. Larry and I coupled up with each other. By midnight, they all had coupled up and were dancing.
See also: couple, up

couple with someone

Euph. to have sexual intercourse with someone. They coupled with each other in a night of passion.
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couple with something

to connect or join to something. This railroad car will couple with the engine. These cars did not couple with the others properly, and there was almost an accident.
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kill time

Fig. to use something up, especially time. I killed time reading a novel. The employees were not encouraged to kill time.
See also: kill, time

kill time

Pass time aimlessly. For example, There was nothing to do, so I sat around killing time until dinner was ready. This idiom was first recorded about 1768.
See also: kill, time

odd couple

see under strange bedfellows.
See also: couple, odd

strange bedfellows

A peculiar alliance or combination, as in George and Arthur really are strange bedfellows, sharing the same job but totally different in their views . Although strictly speaking bedfellows are persons who share a bed, like husband and wife, the term has been used figuratively since the late 1400s. This particular idiom may have been invented by Shakespeare in The Tempest (2:2), "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows." Today a common extension is politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning that politicians form peculiar associations so as to win more votes. A similar term is odd couple, a pair who share either housing or a business but are very different in most ways. This term gained currency with Neil Simon's Broadway play The Odd Couple and, even more, with the motion picture (1968) and subsequent television series based on it, contrasting housemates Felix and Oscar, one meticulously neat and obsessively punctual, the other extremely messy and casual.
See also: bedfellow, strange

kill time

do things to make time seem to pass more quickly and to avoid getting bored, especially while waiting for something.
See also: kill, time

kill ˈtime, a couple of ˈhours, etc.

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have ˈtime, a couple of ˈhours, etc. to kill

do something to help pass the time while you are waiting for something: ‘What did you do at the airport when your plane was late?’ ‘We killed time by playing cards and doing crosswords.’I had two hours to kill before the train left, so I went to see a movie.
See also: couple, kill, of
References in classic literature ?
It would be a disappointment to my fatherand altogetherI do not know thatI am rather of opinion that ten couple might stand here very well.
Ten couple, in either of the Randalls rooms, would have been insufferable
Just the same, if' you can spare a few minutes from each other after a couple more whirls, Mary an' me'd be complimented to have your presence at dinner.
There were few couples on the floor when they arrived at the pavilion, and the two girls essayed the first waltz together.
She glanced at Bert, dancing "tough" with Mary, caroming down the long floor with more than one collision with the increasing couples.
Furthermore, even at the time I was born, there were several faithful couples that lived in the trees in the neighborhood of my mother.
Using the authors' combined years of psychological expertise, the book teaches couples and therapists unique methods for uncovering positive potential within a relationship, and focuses on "We-stories": shared stories between the members of a couple that define and guide their relationship.
And I always explain to them that they need to have a blending that represents them as a couple, not each one as a single.
Instead of a "wedding party" at all, the bride and groom could each select one witness or perhaps jointly choose a married couple whom they admire to serve as "sponsors.
Freund said he often tells the story of an Eau Claire woman who was prevented from visiting her longtime partner in a local hospital room because the couple was not considered family.
Among census metropolitan areas, couple families in Calgary derived the highest proportion of their total income from employment, 84 cents of each dollar of total income.
That's not to say the husbands were in full control either: In ancient Rome, married sons and daughters both lived under control of the patriarch until his death, and ancient civilizations more generally regarded marital decisions as far too important to be left to the whims of the marrying couple.
He recommended individual counseling for situations in which one partner was struggling with some issues, conjoint counseling for situations in which relationship dynamics were affected, and couples groups for situations in which relationship conflict was relatively low or in which the couple required support in dealing with primarily external stressors.
The couple recently registered as domestic partners in New Jersey, the fourth state to enable same-sex couples to gain next-of-kin rights, file joint state tax returns and have access to hospital visitation, among other things.