could do with....

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We use “could do” for suggestions in certain situation in the UK.

e.g. I could do with asandwich, pint, etc

I have come across in books by American authors (cannot give any context now) “I could use....”.

Does it mean the same?
 

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Yes, it does.
 

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They mean the same, and we use the second in BrE, but I would say it's more an expression of wish/intent/desire etc than a direct suggestion- it's a sort-of suggestion. It could be a suggestion if you think the others want something else or when people are asking for suggestions.
 

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Another (informal) variant is 'I could murder...'. 'I could murder a steak' expresses a rather more urgent desire than 'I could use a steak'.

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Another (informal) variant is 'I could murder...'. 'I could murder a steak' expresses a rather more urgent desire than 'I could use a steak'.

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Thanks a lot, never heard of that expression.

I imagine myself on a date and saying: I am dying for a coffee, and could murder a steak. How romantic :)
 

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I could go for a beer.
 
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