couch (v.) Old form(s): couch'd , cowch , cowching
conceal, hide, lie hidden
AYL IV.iii.116[Oliver to Rosalind as Ganymede and Celia as Aliena] A lioness ... / Lay couching, head on ground
Ham II.ii.452[Hamlet to First Player, quoting lines about Pyrrhus] When he lay couched in th'ominous horse
Ham V.i.218[Hamlet to Horatio] Couch we awhile
MW V.ii.1[Page to Shallow and Slender] We'll couch i'th' Castle ditch till we see the light of our fairies
MW V.iii.13[Mistress Page to Mistress Ford, of Anne, Evans, and the fairies] They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's Oak
MW V.v.48[Falstaff to himself, of the Fairies] I'll wink and couch; no man their works must eye
R2 I.iii.98[King Richard to Mowbray] Securely I espy / Virture with valour couched in thine eye
TC I.i.41[Troilus to Pandarus] sorrow that is couched in seeming gladness / Is like that mirth fate turns to sudden sadness
Tem V.i.90[Ariel singing] In a cowslip's bell I lie / There I couch when owls do cry (F; F3 crouch)
Tit V.ii.38[disguised Tamora to Titus] There's not a hollow cave ... / Where bloody murder or detested rape / Can couch for fear