couch surf

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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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And once they leave foster care, often they fail, finding themselves couch-surfing, homeless, incarcerated or pregnant, McKnight said, because although some services do exist now, there are not enough to help all of the young adults aging out of foster care.
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However, the singer - who himself has spent time couch-surfing and even slept on the streets a couple of times before his rise to fame - angrily slammed the claims.
After all, these generations believe in sharing everything -- renting homes instead of buying, and choosing couch-surfing over hotel stays.
More than 4% of adolescents and 10% of young adults nationwide were either couch-surfing or living on the street, in cars, or at shelters at some point in the last year, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago.
The number didn't include those who were couch-surfing, and didn't try to determine the number of children who were homeless.
Couch-surfing students may have roofs over their heads, but they are still defined as homeless under the federal McKenney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, signed by President Reagan in 1987 and revised several times since.
What they found wasn't exactly startling, though as Walbourne reported, it was and is "heartbreaking." Soldiers borrowing and couch-surfing while waiting months for their veterans benefits to start after their military pay is cut off upon discharge; homelessness, substance abuse, and suicide amongst those caught in a bureaucratic quagmire while pencil pushers at two different ministries sort through their filing cabinets; and endless empty promises to fix the problem, leaving the solution more "a concept, not a reality" after successive governments with a penchant for talk over action.
He had been couch-surfing across Canada on an eight-week trip around North America.
They could be living with pimps or drug dealers or both, or they could just be couch-surfing."