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An Americanism for a sedentary person, usually male, whose predominant non-work or non-school-related activity consists of lying on a couch, watching TV

couch potato

An Americanism for a sedentary person, usually ♂, whose predominant non-work activity consists in lying on a couch, watching TV. See Television intoxication 'syndrome. '. Cf Vigorous exercise.
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A class of couch potatoes doesn't necessarily make a society less sophisticated.
"People think that because of their size they need loads of exercise, but greyhounds in particular are big couch potatoes."
It's no surprise that couch potatoes start looking like potatoes.
Increasingly kids even in extremely poor cultures have access to the calorie-rich but nutrition-poor food options that have turned First World kids, particularly in the U.S., into undernourished, overweight couch potatoes.
'It's as if these less than perfect male couch potatoes think that anyone they don't fancy doesn't have a right to be on TV.
Emma Burrows, of the National Osteoporosis Society: "More and more Scottish teenagers are smoking, drinking couch potatoes. This lays the foundations for osteoporosis."
Couch potatoes of means will find the resort among the most wired in the nation: Each guest room features full Web access, a panoply of Nintendo games, and dependable cell-phone coverage--a big bonus in such a remote
Thanks for the Short Stuff article "Calling All Couch Potatoes" [A/M '01].
Channel-surfing couch potatoes definitely fails to describe this group of men and women, including those at the younger end of the spectrum.
Evolution has failed to turn dogs into couch potatoes, computer game addicts, or other variations on sedentary themes--no self-respecting dog would shrug off a run.
She certainly gave us a giggle in an otherwise mundane night for us couch potatoes.
Parents may soon have a way to budge TV-watching children from the sofa: a bicycle hooked up to the set on which, in order to see their favourite shows, couch potatoes will have to pedal.