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couch (the gen. senses are ‘lay’ and ‘lie’)
1. to cause to crouch Lucr. 507 “a falcon towering in the skies, Coucheth the fowl below.”
2. to lower to the position of attack 1H6 III. ii. 134 “A braver soldier never couched lance.”
3. to lie hidden or in ambush Wiv. V. ii. 1, All'sW. IV. i. 24 “, ho! here he comes,” Tit. V. ii. 38, Ham. V. i. 244, Lr. III. i. 12.
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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