(one) could use (something)

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(one) could use (something)

One needs something; one would be or feel better if one had something. After the week I had, I could use a stiff drink. You could use a new suit—that one's looking pretty shabby.
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I, you, etc. could use a ˈdrink, etc.

(spoken) I, you, etc. need a drink, etc: We could use some extra help just at the moment.
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