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couch surf

or couch-surf  (kouch′sûrf′)
intr.v. couch surfed, couch surf·ing, couch surfs or couch-surfed or couch-surf·ing or couch-surfs Slang
1. To stay as a guest at another's house or at various houses in succession, especially when sleeping on a sofa or on the floor.
2. To engage in sedentary activities such as watching television.

couch surfer, couch′-surf′er n.
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This is because thousands more, including rough sleepers, those forced to couch-surf or live with families or friends, and partners in women's shelters or direct provision are not included.
Nevertheless, while the coalition and advocates for the homeless say the count helps compare years, they have long said the tally fails to include people who "couch-surf" at a friend or family member's house or find other similar places to sleep.
"But whenever I've travelled, I couch-surf. But the difference is I couch-surf to friends I know, or friends of friends.
Many women are homeless in that they live with violent partners whom they can not afford to leave, some are trapped by a pimp or a dealer, some couch-surf from one relative or friend to another, while others live in unsafe unhygienic buildings or abandoned cars (15).
This is because thousands - rough sleepers, those forced to couch-surf or live with relatives and friends, families in women's shelters or direct provision - are not included.
NHCEH and local officials say the count helps compare progress made each year, however they also say it only tells a portion of the story because it only looks at certain types of homelessness and doesn't count most of the increasing number of adults and youth who "couch-surf."
Parts of the marathon trip will be done by plane and boat - when it is impossible for him to cycle - and he will sleep in a tent, or couch-surf if he can pick up accommodation for the night.
The homeless and street kid population here, volunteers explained, does not fit the book definition of "homeless." Rather, kids "couch-surf," bouncing from place to place and getting shelter when they can: with friends or in motels.
"I know people who have jobs but have to 'couch-surf ' because they can't afford to rent or get on the housing ladder."
With the pair forced to couch-surf at separate addresses while looking for new digs, the film offers a heartbreaking look at a couple forced apart.