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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

be one sandwich short of a picnic

To be not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. It can appear in many different forms and variations (for example: a few bricks shy of a load, a few cards shy of a full deck, etc.) He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets. I think he may be one sandwich short of a picnic.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, short

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.
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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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be one sandwich short of a picnic

  (humorous) also be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic (humorous)
if someone is one sandwich short of a picnic, they are stupid or crazy After talking to him for about 10 minutes I decided he was definitely one sandwich short of a picnic.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, short

in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)

  (old-fashioned) also in a couple of shakes (old-fashioned)
very soon I'll be with you in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
See also: shake, two

in two shakes

Also, in two shakes of a lamb's tail Very quickly, very soon, as in I'll be with you in two shakes, or She'll be finished in two shakes of a lamb's tail. The longer idiom alludes to the friskiness of lambs; the shorter one may be an abbreviation of the longer one, or it may refer to the shaking of dice or any two quick movements. [Early 1800s]
See also: shake, two

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
References in classic literature ?
Suddenly there was a dull thump on the ground: a couple had fallen, and lay in a mixed heap.
After a couple more drinks, for which I insisted on paying, Nelson decided to go.
But if ever any couple enjoyed this pleasure, it was at present experienced by the captain and his lady.
We can get a couple of dances in before we eat," Mary proposed.
We continued silent while the maid was with us-- as silent, it whimsically occurred to me, as some young couple who, on their wedding journey, at the inn, feel shy in the presence of the waiter.
With a couple of thousand rough men under one, one has plenty of that sort of amusement.
There was a big steamboat lay- ing at the shore away up under the point, about three mile above the town -- been there a couple of hours, taking on freight.
Pity, that was; pity to put that kind of a strain on us, because there was bad blood between us from a couple of weeks back, and we was only friends in the way of business.
You and Miss Smith, and Miss Fairfax, will be three, and the two Miss Coxes five; and for five couple there will be plenty of room.
He laughed, and she watched him take a couple of turns with the roller.
So he looked about for a good head and ate it, but no sooner had he swallowed a couple of mouthfuls than he felt very strange, and found himself wonderfully changed.
Don Quixote had gone but a short distance beyond Don Diego's village, when he fell in with a couple of either priests or students, and a couple of peasants, mounted on four beasts of the ass kind.
The tenants of the humble lodging were a young couple who had been scarcely married a week; and seeing them, Dantes sighed heavily.
The longer they looked the more did this elderly couple feel interested in the unknown youth, to whom the wayside and the maple shade were as a secret chamber, with the rich gloom of damask curtains brooding over him.
It was Fanny's first ball, though without the preparation or splendour of many a young lady's first ball, being the thought only of the afternoon, built on the late acquisition of a violin player in the servants' hall, and the possibility of raising five couple with the help of Mrs.