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To couch a lance

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To couch a lance to lower to the position of attack; to place in rest.
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Usage

In literature:

Wait until thou art ripe, and then I will tell thee if thou art fit to couch a lance or ride a course with a right knight.
"Men of Iron" by Howard Pyle
He is a gallant knight, and beautiful adventuresses like to see brave knights couch lances in their honor.
"Louise de la Valliere" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Is it fitting that a young untried Squire should venture to couch his lance against the best in England?
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
To tame a horse and fly a hawk, and couch a lance and bend a bow!
"Two Penniless Princesses" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He is a gallant knight, and beautiful adventuresses like to see brave knights couch their lances in their honor.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
A young Gepid chief, named Asbad, ignorant who he was couched his lance to strike Totila in the back.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
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In poetry:

Or break the lance, and couch the spear
At tilts and tournaments o' weir,
Whar mony a valiant knight and peer
Display'd their skill,
To courtly beauty, blushing near,
On Lady's hill.
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill