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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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couch potato

Someone who habitually engages in sedentary activities, usually understood as frequently watching television. Lisa wants to date a man who loves to travel and explore, not a couch potato who watches television all the time.
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on the couch

In receipt of psychoanalysis or emotional or psychological therapy, counseling, or treatment. (In such settings, the patient often reclines on a couch while speaking to the mental health professional.) Often used to describe a psychoanalytic evaluation or study of a particular person or cultural entity. His new book aims to put the American Midwest on the couch, exploring what makes people from that region so distinct in their mannerisms, behaviors, and emotional identities.
See also: couch, on

the casting couch

A phenomenon in which prospective employees (typically females) are propositioned for sexual favors in exchange for promised employment or career advancement. The practice is most associated with the entertainment industry, and the term refers to the actual piece of furniture in a casting director's office where such encounters may occur. According to many accounts, the casting couch is alive and well in Hollywood.
See also: casting, couch
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

couch potato

a lazy individual, addicted to television-watching. All he ever does is watch TV; he's become a real couch potato. Couch potatoes can tend to become very fat and unhealthy, you know.
See also: couch, potato

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.

a couch potato

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone is a couch potato, they are lazy and spend most of their time sitting, watching television. Most evenings they sit, like a pair of couch potatoes in front of television. Most of these people are junk-food eating couch potatoes. Note: This expression is a complicated pun based on the American slang term `boob tube' meaning the TV, and the fact that a potato is a variety of tuber or root vegetable.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

couch potato

someone who watches a lot of television, eats junk food, and takes little or no physical exercise. informal
Couch potato was a humorous American coinage using the image of a person with the physical shape of a potato slouching on a sofa or couch. Originally, the phrase relied on a pun with tuber in the slang term boob tuber , which referred to someone devoted to watching the boob tube or television.
See also: couch, potato

on the couch

undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.
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the ˈcasting couch

(informal, humorous) used to refer to a situation in which somebody, especially a woman, agrees to have sex with somebody else in order to get work in a film/movie, TV programme, etc: the Hollywood casting couch for starlets
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a ˈcouch poˌtato

(informal, disapproving) a person who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television
See also: couch, potato
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

casting couch

n. a legendary couch found in the offices of casting directors for use in seducing young people by offering them roles. They say the director got his job on the casting couch, too.
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couch potato

n. a lazy, do-nothing television watcher. (see also sofa spud.) If there was a prize for the best couch potato, my husband would win it.
See also: couch, potato

couch-doctor

and couch-turkey
n. a psychiatrist; a psychoanalyst. I finally walked out on my couch-doctor. Now I’m getting it all together. I bought three new cars for that couch-turkey! Now I’m paying for his kid’s college!

couch-turkey

verb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

couch potato

A physically lazy individual who prefers watching television to other leisure activities. This slangy expression, alluding to an inert object (potato) sitting on a sofa, was invented in the 1970s and quickly gained currency. It also has been suggested that the term is a play on boob tube (slang for television set), since a potato is a tuber. With the proliferation of remote-control devices, the dedicated television addict did not even need to get up to change programs or adjust the volume. The cliché is occasionally used more broadly as well, for anyone who is basically indolent.
See also: couch, potato
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In a statement, Mr Coucher defended his deal, saying: "the payment I received reflected the fact that whilst I was prepared to work my full notice period the company did not want me to.
Coucher, who is said to be a keen birdwatcher, has posted his own photographs of the estate on a site called "Iainland".
Comme on le voit, le principe de ce mois si particulier ne consiste pas uniquement a jeuner du lever au coucher du soleil, a se priver de nourriture, ne pas manger, ne pas boire, mais a se purifier le corps et l'esprit pour etre pres de Dieu.
As chief executive of Network Rail, Coucher, who left his post late last year, was the highest-paid public sector manager in Britain.
Coucher said: "We were going to do the electrification of Great Western because you can get fairly low unit costs--you can have a factory train and bash it out quickly.
The size of Mr Coucher's possible bonus payment had not yet been decided, according to company officials.
Mr Coucher said: "Our people have delivered what has been asked of them and more.
Mr Coucher announced that he has asked the state-backed company's remuneration committee not to consider him for an annual bonus this year.
Mr Coucher said where maintenance is required, trains will divert around the work without the need for a bus.
Il est clair que tout au long de ce mois sacre de ramadan, nos habitudes changent, nous mangeons le soir, nous vivons plus la nuit, nous sommes plus actifs, plus dynamiques, et au final, toutes ces activites vont repousser l'heure habituelle du coucher, ce qui se traduit par un manque de sommeil qui, s'il n'est pas recupere durant la journee, peut poser problemes.
Les couples ont beneficie d'une chambre a coucher, des tenues de mariage, des alliances et des bijoux pour la mariee sans compter d'autres cadeaux comme les draps et les couvertures.
NETWORK Rail will announce in a report today it gave former chief executive Iain Coucher a pounds 1million payoff after a three-year contract.
Mr Higgins, former chief executive of construction firm Lend Lease, will succeed Iain Coucher, who is stepping down at the end of October.
Their chief executive Iain Coucher got pounds 641,000 on top of his pounds 613,000 salary.