One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who spends little or no time exercising and a great deal of time watching television.
- ‘‘He used to do karate and hockey, but he's stopped doing that now and in the last few months he's been a bit of a couch potato,’ she said.’
- ‘The couch potato, chip-munching life-style is too common and it is clearly unhealthy.’
- ‘She makes the exercises easy enough that even a couch potato like me can do them.’
- ‘The advent of television and the emergence of the modern couch potato sounded the death knell for such activities.’
- ‘Watching television has given rise to the couch potato syndrome.’
- ‘Most of us know that some exercise is essential to our health and well-being but making the progression from a couch potato to reasonable fitness seems like a long and puzzling road.’
- ‘Let that be a lesson to the couch potato in us all.’
- ‘If you cannot sit still, stay home on your couch where you can stretch out and be the couch potato you've always aspired to.’
- ‘If your cat tends to be a couch potato, develop some games that stimulate exercise.’
- ‘You can do it the couch potato's way: take a chairlift up the slope, your feet brushing the tops of the woodland trees that are just starting to take on their autumn colours.’
- ‘Instead of being a couch potato this dull season, try catching a movie at the theatres, going to the club for a game, hosting a party at home or simply go shopping!’
- ‘‘He has become a couch potato and online addict this summer,’ she said bitterly.’
- ‘Even if you're an incurable couch potato, there's no excuse for not taking regular exercise.’
- ‘Studio-hopping stars, hit films and comedy skits are being pitched in by all the major channels to add sparkle to yet another day for the couch potato.’
- ‘By lunch-time I could hardly walk and by evening picking up the TV controller made even being a couch potato a painful exercise.’
- ‘Playing with these toys while watching TV is much better than being a couch potato!’
- ‘She in turn has become a couch potato, watching old movies and ordering take out.’
- ‘While he pumps iron to improve his physique, he is a renowned couch potato, who likes nothing better than to lounge about with the remote control at his fingertips.’
- ‘If the reader is a regular couch potato, he or she must be aware of this interesting series on the BBC.’
- ‘Instead of just sitting in front of your television being a couch potato, it offers you opportunity to shop online, play games and enjoy other activities.’
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