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Difference between Couple of something and Pair of something

couple of something

1. is used of a small approximate number of smth.:

  • Sometimes he would go to one of the call-houses and spend a couple of hours with one of the women.

2. is used to indicate two items that do not belong together as a set:

  • They had ensconced themselves comfortably in a couple of chairs in the billiard room.

pair of somethingis usually applied to items that occur in groups of two:

  • The constable took out a pair of bicycle clips, which he adjusted round his ankles.