couch (something) in (something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Couched in Death: Klinai and Identity in Anatolia and Beyond.
Elizabeth Baughan's Couched in Death is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature on ancient furniture--with the kline, the couch or bed, considered here in its funerary context but also in terms of its wider use.
In these and other ways, Couched in Death is geared primarily toward the specialist.
That is why I would suggest that, had you asked him five minutes before kick-off on Saturday, you probably could have got the same apology just couched in terms of 'I would like to say sorry in advance to the players I am going to kick and for finding the Arsenal fans in the ground when I score - no matter how far I have to run'.
While the invitation from party chairman John Reid is couched in neutral, business-like terms, the thrust behind it is: 'Get back into line!'
That all of this is couched in swinging samba and mambo rhythms and delivered in her sweet, wry-but-slightly-girlish voice just makes it that much better.
And though her style is couched in the archaic diction and models of a previous century, her consciousness was already being shaped in the direction that her later work was to take.