One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on.
settee, sofa, divan, chaise longue, chesterfield, love seat, settle, ottomanView synonyms
- ‘In its quiet, subtle lighting sat numerous chairs, couches, and end tables.’
- ‘The room was almost empty except for the random couch, table, desk, and a large plant in the far corner.’
- ‘There was couches, sofas, chairs, and tables everywhere.’
- ‘He hung up the phone and pulled a chair from the kitchen over to the couch and sat down.’
- ‘On the opposite side of the room were a futon couch and a coffee table.’
- ‘Beds, couches and other furniture became higher with changes in sitting posture, since people began to sit on chairs with their legs hanging down.’
- ‘Joan opted for the two-seater couch and sat stiffly at the edge of it.’
- ‘The place was bare of furniture except for the couch.’
- ‘The only actual piece of furniture was a worn couch placed in the middle of the room, facing the far wall.’
- ‘His eye fell on the coffee table before his couch, and puzzledly, he picked up the small piece of paper on it.’
- ‘These prices are inclusive of a full furniture package to include beds, wardrobes, couches, curtains, tables and chairs.’
- ‘It lacked a great deal of furniture; it only had a couch, a table, a fireplace, a book case, and some paintings on the walls.’
- ‘When the elevator stopped, I walked down to the lobby and sat on the middle of the three couches, the couch that faced the front desk.’
- ‘Inside, it was even worse; the furniture was just old couches and chairs that were too old and wrecked to be used in a real house.’
- ‘David gets up and drags the coffee table towards the couch and sits back down, resting his feet on the edge of the table.’
- ‘The second suggestion was to replace desks and chairs with couches and loveseats in classrooms.’
- ‘Another way to revive your tired furniture, like couches and chairs, is to get them re-upholstered.’
- ‘Furniture includes chairs and couches upholstered in amber, magenta, and burgundy.’
- ‘The house was very nice, with warm honey brown wood furniture and overstuffed couches; it gave off a homey feeling.’
- ‘Soft, cushioned and immensely appealing couches were the only pieces of furniture in the room.’
- 1.1 A reclining seat with a headrest at one end on which a psychoanalyst's subject or doctor's patient lies while undergoing treatment.
- ‘I lie on the rectangular couch of Doctor James.’
- ‘Here I am thirteen years later, sobbing on a therapist's couch.’
- ‘I bring it up on my therapist's couch later that day.’
- ‘One UK department introduced a system where a doctor saw all patients with minor injuries that did not need an examination couch or an urgent intervention.’
- ‘A bather reclines on a couch, enjoying a massage, while a fountain splashes nearby.’
- ‘Although I had never encountered status asthmaticus, the patient struggling for breath on the examination couch fitted the image locked in my memory.’
- ‘What he really needs is a lot of time on a psychiatrist's couch.’
- ‘Like a patient on a psychiatrist's couch, it all comes tumbling out.’
- ‘The patient lies on a couch and the bite block is placed into their mouth.’
- ‘They enter his office to be faced with a comfortable leather sofa and an examination couch, complete with stirrups.’
- ‘Ashley zoned in to find her doctor standing next to the examination couch.’
- ‘I'm lying on a treatment couch at the Healing Clinic.’
- ‘I was dressed in scrubs and I threw my ID badge under the examination couch.’
- ‘The Rotary club has also raised funds to buy a new examination couch, costing £350.’
- ‘He belongs on a psychiatrist's couch, not inside a boxing ring.’
1usually be couched inExpress (something) in language of a specified style.‘many false claims are couched in scientific jargon’
express, phrase, word, frame, put, formulate, style, render, set forth, put across, convey, communicate, say, state, utter, voiceView synonyms
- ‘Many of these claims for interactivity are couched in terms that cast the individual as a consumer rather than a citizen.’
- ‘And certainly they think that to convey it to a sports audience they must couch it in those terms.’
- ‘Dreams are not couched in the language of everyday speech, but it does not follow that they are necessarily concealing something unacceptable.’
- ‘Yet these demands are deliberately couched in the language of human rights and freedoms.’
- ‘While the economists' statement was couched in fairly mild language, an editorial in last Tuesday's edition of the Financial Times was positively scathing.’
- ‘The assessment is couched in general and ambiguous terms that can apply to almost anyone.’
- ‘Relying on testimonials by interested parties is unreasonable, even if the testimonial is couched in terms of scientific data.’
- ‘The plan is couched in the language of humanitarianism and democracy.’
- ‘Her love of the reef is couched in the language of the nature study and science of her time.’
- ‘But once an issue is couched in the language of civil rights, its outcome is no longer in doubt.’
- ‘The irony is that they believed they had couched their decision in language no-one would find offensive.’
- ‘Memos and reports are often couched in bureaucratic language and jargon.’
- ‘In other words, although his argument is couched in the language of economics, he implicitly suggests that open source development occurs outside of the market.’
- ‘Of the three, the last is poetry couched in a simple language that can be understood even by those who have a basic knowledge of Sanskrit.’
- ‘Accordingly, in addition to simple differences in plot, the two storylines are couched in entirely different styles, settings, and contexts.’
- ‘Since all meditative experiences are so radically subjective it seems difficult to find a language in which to couch an objective or value-free account of them.’
- ‘Though they are couched in very polite language, they are bombshells nonetheless.’
- ‘Rejections of such proposals are often couched in general and conceptual terms, but pragmatic calculations are almost certainly more important.’
- ‘Notice how frequently they couch immoral concepts in language using the word ‘moral’?’
- ‘Their arguments are attractive because they are couched in mathematical or scientific terms and backed by what seems to be scientific competence.’
2literary no object Lie down.‘two creatures couched side by side in the deep grass’
3archaic Lower (a spear) to the position for attack.
4usually as noun couchinghistorical Treat (a cataract) by pushing the lens of the eye downward and backward, out of line with the pupil.
- ‘The successful removal of the cataract by the couching method that he advocated and practised as early as in the 18th Century was perhaps as stunning an achievement as those of his British and European counterparts of that era.’
- ‘The surgeon performed a type of cataract surgery known as couching.’
5(in embroidery) fix (a thread) to a fabric by stitching it down flat with another thread.‘gold and silver threads couched by hand’
- ‘To couch several smaller threads, twist them together before they enter the scroll.’
- ‘Machine or hand embellishments, from elaborate beading and embroidery to couching with glitzy cords or braids, will enhance your appliqué.’
- ‘Nine five-clawed dragons are couched in gold thread.’
- ‘Try pin-tucking fabric, or couching down decorative threads, embroider by hand or by machine on the fronts, or even try beading an evening vest.’
on the couch
Undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.
- ‘All of this sounds a bit too much like the analyst putting himself on the couch.’
Middle English (as a noun denoting something to sleep on; as a verb in the sense ‘lay something down’): from Old French couche (noun), coucher (verb), from Latin collocare ‘place together’ (see collocate).
A coarse grass with long creeping roots, which can be troublesome in lawns and gardens.
- ‘This was the weedmat that defeated my oxalis and couch grass.’
- ‘It's constructed in the Han architectural style with yellow walls, black wood and couch grass.’
- ‘The main weeds dying back were creeping thistle, couch and mature knotgrass.’
- ‘Raspberries creep underground like couch grass, though unfortunately not so rampantly.’
- ‘This may not be fully achievable due to the highly altered environment and presence of couch grass, but an attempt will be made.’
Late 16th century: variant of quitch.
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