couch (v.) 1
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

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