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a couple (of) fries short of a Happy Meal
A derogatory phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. It can appear in many different forms and variations (for example: "a few sandwiches shy of a picnic," "one card shy of a full deck," etc.). A "Happy Meal" is a children's meal served at McDonald's fast-food restaurants, and it typically contains French fries. Every time Paul tells me about his latest conspiracy theory, I can't help thinking that he's a couple fries short of a Happy Meal. Tom's one of the top students in the school. His sister, on the other hand—well, let's just say that she's a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal.
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.
A cold glass, can, or bottle of beer. There's nothing better than a couple cold ones after a hard day's work. Pass me another cold one there, Jim.
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 on to the peg, so it should stay secure.
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.
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.
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 sex 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.
go on an errand
To make a short trip to complete a specific task or chore. Can you see if your father can come pick you up? I've got to go on some errands. I'm just stepping out to go on an errand. I'll be back soon.
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.
kill (an amount of time)
To engage in an activity, usually an aimless or idle one, to occupy oneself, especially with the goal of making the 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.
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.
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.
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.
suffer a setback
To experience or encounter some kind of minor delay, obstacle, impasse, or failure. The project suffered a setback when we realized the manufacturer had stopped producing the part we needed. After suffering a couple of setbacks early on, the company has finally started making consistent profits and growth.
See also: suffer
suffer an attack of (some illness)
To be stricken by a sudden or acute onset of some kind of illness or its symptoms. I went to bed early last night after suffering a severe attack of indigestion. He suffered an asthma attack halfway through the hike.
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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.
couple someone with someone
to join one person with another to make a pair. I coupled Todd with Amy for the dinner party.
couple something (on)to somethingand 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.
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.
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.
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.
couple with someone
Euph. to have sexual intercourse with someone. They coupled with each other in a night of passion.
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.
Fig. to use something up, especially time. I killed time reading a novel. The employees were not encouraged to kill time.
suffer a setback
to have a minor or temporary failure. We suffered a setback when much of our vineyard was damaged by a fungus.
See also: suffer
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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 under 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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
kill timedo things to make time seem to pass more quickly and to avoid getting bored, especially while waiting for something.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
kill ˈtime, a couple of ˈhours, etc.,
have ˈtime, a couple of ˈhours, etc. to killdo 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.
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An odd couple; a peculiar combination. Shakespeare appears to have originated the term, with his “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” (The Tempest, 2.2). Several centuries later, Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote (The Caxtons, 1849), “Poverty has strange bedfellows.” Today we often say that politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning that politicians form odd associations in order to win more support or votes.
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