Couch

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Popular shorthand for a 'tool' traditionally used in psychoanalysis and other talk therapies
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The three knights were now fairly upon him, and with fine disregard for fair play charged with couched spears the unarmored man on foot.
When they had risen from the long grass with a horrid yell and had rushed in upon the hated intruders with couched spears only to be met by a blinding fire of Lee-Metford and revolver bullets their bravery vanished like breath from the face of a looking-glass.
This request, as the reader may remember, was couched in the following terms: --