One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Force someone into a difficult situation.‘I was backed into a corner – there was no way out’
- ‘Backed into a corner, the publishers finally made a desperate gamble.’
- ‘It is a desperate act of brinkmanship from Barak, a soldier turned politician, who finds himself backed into a corner.’
- ‘Simply put, Washington has backed Pyongyang into a corner.’
- ‘During the last two decades of his life, Arafat found himself backed into a corner.’
- ‘The mayor's staff, suddenly backed into a corner, went ballistic.’
- ‘Having backed himself into a corner he still wasn't big enough to admit he was wrong.’
- ‘Absolute compassion - whereby any form of killing is forbidden - backs us into a corner.’
- ‘They have actually had to be virtually backed into a corner.’
- ‘Such manoeuvres, however, are perhaps the inevitable consequence of scientists who are backed into a corner.’
- ‘Thompson has in some ways been backed into a corner.’
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