a couch potato

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) someone selfish

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b) someone lazy

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If someone is a couch potato, it means they have no motivation, are lazy and spend all their time watching the television.

French translation

quelqu’un de paresseux

How NOT to translate : *pomme de terre de canapé


Examples in context

‘The rise and rise of Domino’s Pizza’

‘As the UK has got fatter, one company’s found its food being ordered into homes across the country on Saturday nights …
Ever-longer working hours, shrinking real incomes and the rise of the internet have made couch potatoes of many of us after a day’s work – and that has been very good news for the pizza delivery business.
Britain’s biggest pizza delivery chain, Domino’s – which has recently been opening nine new outlets a month and now has 777 shops – announced "exceptionally strong" UK sales on Wednesday for the three months to the end of December. Total sales were up nearly 16% to just over £170m, and, excluding new branches sales, rose 11%.’

The Guardian, 9th Jan 2014


‘British children ’babied’ by intrusive parents, says MP’

UK children are being "babied" by overly-intrusive parents, leaving them unable to cope as they grow up, an adviser to David Cameron has said. But Mrs Perry’s views came under fire from Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, who insisted parents were "doing their best" and were "knackered most of the time".
She told BBC News : "Mothers are, sadly, used to copping a lot of blame - but being charged with being over-protective, cupcake-baking helicopter parents at the same time as being feckless, couch potatoes who let their children have unfettered internet access is a bit rich.’

BBC News, 2 March 2013


Everyday usage

All he ever does is watch TV ; he’s become a real couch potato.

I’ve become such a couch potato since I lost my job. I had no motivation at all. But now it’s time to change that.

c) someone who enjoys to relax

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