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I am wondering which one is the exact expression.

I thought that here "crash" is used in place of "occupy", which means the first one is the correct expression. On the other hand I have always heard the second expression.

A "google-fight" suggests to use the second one, but I get hits for the first phrase too.

Which of the two is correct?

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crash someone's couch

would mean that one were literally crashing the couch into something.

crash on someone's couch

is what you're looking for. It is an idiomatic expression that refers to sleeping on someone's couch.

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well, this is my belief too. You didn't add anything to what I know. I am looking for a reference. In the dictionary, you can find expressions such as "My son's friends crashed our house last weekend" (see thefreedictionary.com/crash), where the meaning is not "crash the house into something" :) –  Alessandro Apr 8 '13 at 15:50
    
You crash parties, but you crash on couches. "My son's friends crashed our house last weekend" means they came uninvited. "My son's friends crashed in our house last weekend" means they slept there (possibly with invitations). –  Peter Shor Apr 8 '13 at 15:56
    
As far as I know, the proper method of saying that would be "crashed at our house". I'm pretty sure that "crashed our house" would not be the correct phrase unless in the event of a party or other such event. In such a case, it refers to entering uninvited. –  4rkain3 Apr 8 '13 at 15:56
    
ok, thanks. I will wait if anyone finds a good reference for this and then accept the answer. –  Alessandro Apr 8 '13 at 16:18
    
macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/crash See 5 for "crash at/on" and 6 for "crash a party". –  4rkain3 Apr 8 '13 at 16:34
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