Definition of corner in English:



  • 1A place or angle where two sides or edges meet.

    ‘Jan sat at one corner of the table’
    • ‘It is driven by gears rather than a belt, and also comes with a telescopic extendable wand which means it can get into tight corners and edges.’
    • ‘Early on in the morning, she sat on the back corner of the roof with her feet dangling over the edge.’
    • ‘Form lines must be parallel and corners at right angles.’
    • ‘Colourful material and tassels hung down from the top edges and corners of the bed.’
    • ‘By 50, gravity is taking its toll, pushing down the corners at the edge of the mouth; ear lobes become longer.’
    • ‘Spoon the crumbs into the tart tin and smooth into the corners and up the sides.’
    • ‘Rugs must be tacked down, not only in the middle, but at the corners and leading edges.’
    • ‘At the other side of the table, the corners of Addie's lips turned up in a smile.’
    • ‘He was the hero a minute later slamming a low drive into the far corner from an acute angle.’
    • ‘I'm especially interested in what's in the corners and on the edges.’
    • ‘But Cresswell did get on the score sheet in the end, knocking away into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.’
    • ‘If your site includes any corners or other right angles, look for stone that already shows this shape.’
    • ‘All the corners and edges of the Gamma Pad are smoothed and the mousing surface is flat and free of defects.’
    • ‘Stitch, using straight stitch around outer edges, sewing across corners where marked.’
    • ‘Snowy sat at the corner of the table, eyes narrowed in disgust.’
    • ‘Moments later Alan Gilger tore through on goal, he had only the keeper to beat but his shot for the top corner went the wrong side of the post.’
    • ‘The sides must always be straight and also be of equal length, with all four corners having equal angles.’
    • ‘Lori's face paled, and she gripped the edge of the table tightly, the corners jabbing into her palms.’
    • ‘All the sides, corners, angles and areas are the same.’
    • ‘The sides are straight and the corners at right angles.’
    intersection, point, apex, cusp
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    1. 1.1 The area inside a room or other space near the place where two walls or other surfaces meet.
      ‘the colour TV in the corner of the room’
      • ‘It was written with a nearby white paint which was located near the corner of the wall.’
      • ‘The cracking noise got worse, and suddenly a large piece of plaster fell from the ceiling near the corner of the room.’
      • ‘Walking backwards, he followed her until she was trapped against another wall in a corner of the room.’
      • ‘Near the base of the picture, the floor met the wall, and the corner of the room on the right side of the page.’
      • ‘I did as I was told and placed myself in a chair near the corner of the room.’
      • ‘The television is mounted on the wall in the corner of the room, a square window on a small world.’
      • ‘With some difficulty I squeeze into a tiny space in the corner of the small room high above the flow of the Manhattan traffic.’
      • ‘On one occasion we heard a loud crash and noted a broken pane in a window near the corner of the family room.’
      • ‘If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the above, then go straight to the nearest corner of the room without passing go.’
      • ‘By choosing a bench in a corner or near a wall, you can position your stroller to make your spot even more secluded.’
      • ‘He watched as she went to a chest against the wall in the opposite corner of the room.’
      • ‘She wandered over to admire a Renaissance painting hanging in the near corner of the huge room.’
      • ‘The staff room was unoccupied when Dion made his way to the large sofa near the corner of the room.’
      • ‘The victim was laying on the floor, propped up against the wall in the corner of the room.’
      • ‘Upon entering the bar and finding a space in the corner near the window, someone thrust a chilled can of Steinlager into my hand.’
      • ‘After the initial evaluation, Rob walked over to a small console near a corner of the room.’
      • ‘He found a glass near the corner of the room and poured the contents from the jug into it.’
      • ‘And each one of those rooms has four corners, four walls, a floor and a ceiling.’
      • ‘The woman continued to stare at her from her seat near the corner of the room, but she warmly smiled and got up.’
      • ‘In the beginning, you can use the walls near the corner of the arena to help you create this feeling.’
      nook, cranny, niche, recess, bay, booth, alcove
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    2. 1.2 A place where two or more streets meet.
      ‘the huge bookshop on the corner’
      • ‘Swindon's three Rotary Clubs have clubbed together to provide the bench on the corner of Wood Street.’
      • ‘The problem I have encountered with the speed bumps is the brat pack that hangs about on the corner of Keswick Street.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, Winston did watch women, he and his friends, on the corner of Frederick Street.’
      • ‘Bill pointed it out to me, with laid-back glee, when we bumped into each other on the corner of Denmark Street.’
      • ‘The Royal Hotel, on the corner of the High Street and Royal Terrace, lost power in its kitchen.’
      • ‘The trees were on the corner of the two streets, out the way of the new building, but they were cut down nonetheless.’
      • ‘And there is the building on the corner of Coney Street that is being built at the moment.’
      • ‘An empty house on the corner of Birch Street, West Bowling, is the first project to be blitzed by the group in a bid to improve the appearance of the area.’
      • ‘Mr McGurk has approached Bradford Council to buy the green on the corner of Main Street and Crack Lane.’
      • ‘I used to buy my records in Powells, on the corner of Shop Street.’
      • ‘The shop on the left of the frame is on the corner of Rose Street.’
      • ‘Speaking of which, has anyone bought that old brick house on the corner of Mason Street?’
      • ‘She'd been standing on the corner of the street for almost ten minutes, eyes darting around constantly.’
      • ‘We fared much better at Vox Populi, a funky old house on the corner of a tree-lined street.’
      • ‘A woman was standing on the corner of Court Street, struggling to keep her umbrella under control.’
      • ‘The magnificent gardens of the well maintained houses on the corner of Maryville were greatly admired.’
      • ‘It stands on the corner of the High Street and South Bridge and was for an age the town's Hogmanay gathering place.’
      • ‘Standard Life also has an office on the corner with George Street.’
      • ‘It's called Horse and Rider, and it's stood on the corner of Dover Street and Piccadilly since 1975.’
      • ‘It was a little brick shop on the corner of a street in Christchurch, and I visited him there on one occasion.’
    3. 1.3 A sharp bend in a road.
      ‘they took the corner in a skidding turn’
      • ‘It skips off ruts in the road and can push wide in corners, leading to one memorable moment on broken, damp tarmac, but it's all part of the fun.’
      • ‘I noticed that a small crowd of people had gathered around a sharp corner of the road.’
      • ‘On the motorway you can cruise along in comfort mode, switching to sport on the A-roads, flicking to advanced sport to hug corners and bends.’
      • ‘All of a sudden this VW skids round a corner into the road I'm patrolling.’
      • ‘She was always speeding through yellow lights and rushing around sharp corners.’
      • ‘This new circuit will allow for the testing of braking system performance in snow and ice conditions on sharp corners and twisty turns.’
      • ‘Perhaps he knew that our roads have corners and that as a result I have not had as much practice as him at driving for hours in a straight line without hitting oncoming vehicles.’
      • ‘After a long walk along a straight lane, they finally turned a sharp corner and Rena sighed in relief.’
      • ‘They twisted and turned down the streets of Paris, the mix of mud and rotten straw on the ground making the three slip and slide as they took sharp corners.’
      • ‘The road is often slippery and its corners are sharp, so low gear is recommended.’
      • ‘She whipped around the sharp corner quickly and ran her fingers through her hair in confusion.’
      • ‘If Jay was bad in a car, he was worse with a motorbike, speeding and making exceptionally sharp turns at corners.’
      • ‘When it comes to going round corners quickly on the road, things are undoubtedly helped by that firm suspension.’
      • ‘Take the quads through the jungle, crossing streams, bending round sharp corners, and skidding on the gravel roads.’
      • ‘As he made sharp turns around corners, he couldn't help but wonder why the guy was chasing him over an apple.’
      • ‘The Tuta circuit looked downright sketchy, with dirt-strewn corners and sharp speed bumps on the straightaway into town.’
      • ‘The front wheels bite cleanly into the road, and you can power out of corners with that balanced, slingshot feeling only a powerful rear-wheel drive car can give.’
      • ‘Jason turned a corner into a road and around a train station and down another road into a subway.’
      • ‘Maru turned a sharp corner and whirled around, preparing for her stalker's arrival.’
      • ‘The aluminum-composite hybrid suspension handles sharp corners and loose curves with no problem.’
      bend, curve, arc, kink, dog-leg, crook, deviation, turn, turning, junction, fork, intersection
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    4. 1.4British climbing A place where two planes of rock meet at an angle of between 60° and 120°.
      • ‘Climb the corner directly without using the ledges on the right.’
      • ‘Climb the corner easily to a small ledge beneath a huge crack.’
      • ‘Crawl through then traverse around the corner and along the small ledge to belay in the corner beneath the chimney.’
      • ‘Make your way easily up to the big wall and belay at the right-hand corner under a right-trending diagonal groove.’
  • 2A location or area, especially one regarded as secluded or remote.

    ‘fountains are discovered in quiet corners and sleepy squares’
    ‘dance professionals from all corners of the globe attended the five-day festival’
    figurative ‘she couldn't bear journalists prying into every corner of her life’
    • ‘There was an influx of people from all corners of the world.’
    • ‘A unique opportunity for people from all corners of the world to interact and learn from each-other has been presented to us here in Australia.’
    • ‘Students come from the four corners of Ireland and from all over the world.’
    • ‘My experience of war has been limited to the TV pictures beamed into my home from the four corners of the world.’
    • ‘There are many you will never know about; club pros who came in from the four corners of their homeland and eked out honest livings for themselves and their families.’
    • ‘If the peasantry ever found out, they'd eat him alive, and strew what remained of his mangled pride across the four corners of the kingdom.’
    • ‘The city is visited annually by millions of people from the four corners of the earth, who attend conferences and cultural events or come as pilgrims or private tourists.’
    • ‘Since the advent of internet radio, the world really has become a small place and, as we have discovered, Irish people have made their way to the four corners of the globe.’
    • ‘Sites offering e-cards are taking hits by the scores as people from all corners of the world are making sure that their friends are not forgotten.’
    • ‘Both of the young women and two of the younger men were out traveling the four corners of the kingdom to discover the problems that the people needed solved.’
    • ‘Over the years it has grown in popularity and attracts a crowd from the four corners of Ireland, as well as a lot of people from Northern Ireland and the UK.’
    • ‘This unique collection boasts a wide range of contributors of diverse backgrounds, drawn from the four corners of Ireland.’
    • ‘Becoming super-fit changed every corner of my life for the better.’
    • ‘This university is full with people from all corners of the world.’
    • ‘Peruvians had mobilized from across the country for the latest protest, dubbed the March of the Four Suyos - an allusion to the four corners of the ancient Incan empire.’
    • ‘The tabloid wave has swept from New Zealand and Australia to the pampas of Argentina, and, of course, the four corners of Europe.’
    • ‘It attracts people from the four corners of the earth and each year there are more new fans showing up to partake of the music and craic.’
    • ‘The walks are part of the National Summer Walks being organised around the four corners of Ireland.’
    • ‘There are many people from all corners of the world, and from all walks of life, who end up in poorer countries to teach or to preach.’
    • ‘The four corners of the nation are being linked with the help of expressways and corridors.’
    district, region, area, section, quarter, part
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  • 3A position in which one dominates the supply of a particular commodity.

    ‘London doesn't have a corner on film festivals’
  • 4A difficult or awkward situation.

    ‘I didn't wait for the prosecutor to try to get me in a corner’
    • ‘I really did not like doing it, but I felt he had backed me into a corner.’
    • ‘Something in her voice made me think I was about to be backed into a corner.’
    • ‘It has been backed into a corner by new rules that change the way life companies determine their solvency.’
    • ‘Since then, both sides have boxed themselves into difficult corners.’
    • ‘They have actually had to be virtually backed into a corner.’
    • ‘Like other perfectionists, she had painted herself into a corner, an impossible situation to get out of.’
    • ‘The key is that it will be you initiating the changes, but you could be feeling as if you have been backed into a corner over it.’
    • ‘Such manoeuvres, however, are perhaps the inevitable consequence of scientists who are backed into a corner.’
    • ‘Stacey knew she had been backed into a corner and wasn't going to get out of it unless she gave in.’
    • ‘Contractors are also very frustrated, and feeling backed into a corner.’
    • ‘More than that, McNamara wanted to continue to try and help them to succeed but feels he was backed into a corner that denied him the opportunity to do so.’
    • ‘During the last two decades of his life, Arafat found himself backed into a corner.’
    • ‘What Ranieri seeks at Chelsea is a team that is guaranteed to perform when it has been backed into a corner.’
    • ‘Three years of hiding my little boy from his father and now I'm backed into a corner.’
    • ‘I was beginning to feel backed into a corner when a guy, a little older than me, came over.’
    • ‘His portrayal of a decent family man backed into a corner by the system goes a long way to making this film as watchable as it is.’
    • ‘Never one to be backed into a corner, Cochrane gave up the day job.’
    • ‘There is no one so dangerous as a man backed into a corner, as the adage goes, I think.’
    • ‘When you are backed into a corner then violence, unfortunately, is often the result.’
    • ‘We have been backed into a corner again by the council and are now facing the added financial burden of upgrading to meet new regulations.’
    predicament, plight, tricky situation, ticklish situation, awkward situation, tight corner, tight spot, spot of trouble, bit of bother, difficulty, problem, puzzle, quandary, dilemma, muddle, mess, quagmire, mire, mare's nest, dire straits
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  • 5Soccer
    A place kick taken by the attacking side from a corner of the field after the ball has been sent over the byline by a defender.

    ‘he put a corner kick deep into the heart of the Southampton penalty area’
    • ‘Before the corner kick, Solomartin picks up a yellow card for shirt-tugging.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later, Villa doubled their advantage when their young gun, Joe Dowd scored directly from a corner kick a goal of beauty.’
    • ‘The referee didn't call a goal kick for the Stingrays, but instead called a corner kick in favor of Riverside.’
    • ‘Two goals in five minutes put Windermere ahead when Liam Salisbury headed in from a corner kick and a long ball found Matt Parkinson, who beat two men and the keeper.’
    • ‘Parkville upped it another gear and Colin Coady got on the end of a corner kick to poke the ball home and secure all three points for Parkville.’
    1. 5.1 A free hit in field hockey, taken from the corner of the field.
      • ‘Chile finally scored on their fifth penalty corner by Jorge O'Rayn.’
      • ‘When I first played hockey as a junior, rules prohibited undercutting on penalty corners.’
      • ‘‘Our goal scoring went up, we could score field goals, we could score from penalty corners,’ he said.’
      • ‘The absence of Hawes was emphasised when Britain wasted five penalty corners in the first 15 minutes.’
      • ‘With this degree of pressure, Pakistan should have scored and forced several penalty corners against Korea.’
  • 6Boxing Wrestling
    Each of the diagonally opposite ends of the ring, where a contestant rests between rounds.

    ‘when the bell sounded he turned to go back to his corner’
    • ‘Clay came to his corner after the fourth round complaining of a burning sensation in both eyes.’
    • ‘They stood in opposite corners of the ring, our man with his back to the tent fighter, waiting to be called to fight by the clang of the bell.’
    • ‘Late in the fourth round Frazier pinned Ellis in a corner and after a flurry of hooks Ellis fell flat on his face.’
    • ‘Dundee is livid in the corner between rounds while Foster has a smug look.’
    • ‘Round thirteen saw them spend the last two minutes of the round trading in one corner without moving.’
    1. 6.1 A contestant's supporters or seconds.
      ‘Hodkinson was encouraged by his corner’
      • ‘McCline got up at the count of nine as the bell sounded to end the round, but his corner would not allow him to continue.’
      • ‘It was apparent their corners told them that, whomever won round 4, would probably win the bout.’
  • 7British A triangular cut from the hind end of a side of bacon.


  • 1Force (a person or animal) into a place or situation from which it is hard to escape.

    ‘the man was eventually cornered by police dogs’
    • ‘Sensing that their prey was cornered, the trio spread out a bit, moving to flank her before closing in to finish her off.’
    • ‘The fox by now had run for cover, but each hole he went to was of course filled in, we finally catch up with the dogs who had by now got the fox cornered by a hedge.’
    • ‘Jenny had a horrified look on her face, one of fear, like a rabbit being cornered by a coyote.’
    • ‘Minutes later, cornered by police on a city street, the suspect gave up quietly.’
    • ‘My face was flushed a deep red, I was sure, and my hands were trembling the slightest bit; I could have passed for a frightened rabbit cornered by a rabid dog.’
    • ‘A resident phoned police who arrived to help corner the horse into the fenced school oval.’
    • ‘I had the distinct feeling of a deer being cornered in the spotlight.’
    • ‘Frank led a raiding party of eight men who eventually succeeded in cornering the goat after a two-hour operation.’
    • ‘The dogs cornered the bear in a thicket, and when it dashed for the water once more, the men fired and managed to kill it.’
    • ‘The wolf was cornered in the alcove and his attacker was closing in on his position.’
    • ‘I had no idea what I was doing; I had cornered the lion in her den, and now I was poking a stick at her.’
    • ‘They picked themselves up, dusted themselves down, pulled together and went at Leicester like cornered wild dogs.’
    • ‘The shadows circled him as he walked by, keeping their distance but in a dangerous way, like a cat cornering a mouse.’
    • ‘All she could do was let out a muffled cry like a deer being cornered by the predator.’
    • ‘He felt suddenly like the hunter who has cornered the wolf, his rifle trained on the chest of the unknowing prey.’
    • ‘Jason followed and eventually cornered me into a tree by the garbage bins behind the gardening shed, and came towards me menacingly.’
    • ‘Teach kids to respect the cat, and do not allow them to chase or corner the cat even in play.’
    • ‘The distressed bird was eventually cornered by one of the security officers, who used his cap to gather it into custody.’
    • ‘Imran Khan told them they had to fight like cornered tigers, a rallying cry as famous as anything Test cricket has produced.’
    • ‘After the terrier cornered the rat, all Padlin saw was a commotion of claws, paws, and teeth.’
    drive into a corner, run to earth, run to ground, bring to bay, cut off, block off, trap, hem in, shut in, pen in, close in, enclose, surround
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    1. 1.1 Detain (someone) in conversation.
      ‘I managed to corner Gary for fifteen minutes’
      • ‘Emie nodded slowly, realizing she was being cornered into a conversation she would rather not discuss with anyone, least of all him.’
      • ‘Got cornered by someone whose name I never caught, but who seemed to want to spend the evening talking about the state of the magazine market.’
      • ‘Mint managed to corner Valerine before he could get out of school.’
      • ‘Anyway, on Monday Haley finally cornered me and forced me to talk to her.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, one Whirler was cornered by the manager, who wanted to know what he was doing.’
      • ‘There is a reason for it, and I can't help but notice that when you get people cornered into a candid conversation about it they'll agree and admit to it.’
      • ‘She had managed to corner him and was currently explaining her plans for graduation.’
      • ‘Something Joe has been doing lately: Going around to various academic establishments, cornering their gym teachers and pleading with them to insert floorball into their curriculum.’
      • ‘Finally, I managed to corner him in a way he could evade, but couldn't escape.’
      • ‘Cedric was a great listener, and could corner people into conversations really well.’
  • 2Control (a market) by dominating the supply of a particular commodity.

    ‘whether they will corner the market in graphics software remains to be seen’
    • ‘The idea that a single company could corner the market on such research is ludicrous.’
    • ‘The company has cornered the gambling market here.’
    • ‘Having cornering the market for fast, eat-out outlets in the 1970s and 1980s, the group has faced an onslaught from a host of new competitors.’
    • ‘Not content with cornering the independent market in Hollywood, O'Reilly also plans to expand into mainland Europe in the coming months.’
    • ‘The Office of Fair Trading is advising ministers to relax the regulations that prevent supermarkets cornering the market.’
    • ‘You do this because you want people to eat proper food, not because you want to corner the market and be the only supplier.’
    • ‘Director Paul Anderson appears intent on cornering the market when it comes to computer game-based adaptations.’
    • ‘If you could bring together the handful of people who knew a niche, you could all but corner the market in it.’
    • ‘Biotech firms are out to corner the market, so they have to persuade us something else is at stake’
    • ‘If both the title and cover aren't telling enough, this California quintet wants to corner the market on teen angst.’
    • ‘Citybox Advertising plans to launch an assault on the British market, having cornered the market for advertising inside Irish shopping centres.’
    • ‘It would seem to be a step back towards the bad old days when EMC cornered the storage market with its expensive boxes.’
    • ‘Last year, his attempt to corner the market in television football fell foul of British monopoly authorities.’
    • ‘There can be no doubt that BMW has cornered the saloon market, in terms of sheer desirability.’
    • ‘Little wonder, then, that investment astrologers are now attempting to corner the market.’
    • ‘Edward de Bono has seemingly cornered the market, and publishers are reluctant to try to take on the champ.’
    • ‘It's a handy trick, to diagnose a terminal illness while claiming to corner the market on the cure.’
    • ‘The last decade has seen them corner the market in expressive and experimental electronic music.’
    • ‘As sales later proved, we passed up an opportunity of a lifetime to corner the market on brazilianite.’
    • ‘No way was he going to let them corner the market in novelty and wonder.’
    gain control of, gain dominance of, take over, control, dominate, monopolize, capture
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    1. 2.1 Establish a corner in (a commodity)
      ‘you cornered vanadium and made a killing’
      • ‘Also unheard-of was a cartel cornering a commodity such as crude oil, as long as the medium of exchange was gold.’
  • 3no object (of a vehicle or driver) go round a bend in a road.

    ‘no squeal is evident from the tyres when cornering fast’
    • ‘A special microprocessor inside the seats takes a split-second to decide which airbags should be inflated to provide body support when the car is cornering.’
    • ‘With more screeching of tires, the limo cornered around the old warehouse.’
    • ‘This second attribute is one reason why it feels so taut and precise when cornering; the others are the enormous grip from the tyres and the front/rear balance that comes from its mechanical layout.’
    • ‘This swivels the headlamp beam on cornering so throwing light into dark bends.’
    • ‘When cornering on wide roads it's best to go from the outside to the inside or vice versa.’
    • ‘Simply put, no Volvo has steered as crisply or cornered as keenly as this one, or has connected with its driver so interactively.’
    • ‘Alloy wheels can provide more responsive acceleration and braking as well as added strength, which can reduce tire deflection in cornering.’
    • ‘The whole approach to cornering on a road course seems to give some drivers problems.’
    • ‘Compact, sleek and low-slung, it has the air of a car cornering at speed around a Mediterranean corniche even when it's parked outside your local Tesco.’
    • ‘The Mini cornered like a big go-cart and demanded to be driven with the same fun intent.’
    • ‘This is designed to provide greater weight when cornering at higher speeds, but as with so many power steering set-ups still feels rather lifeless.’
    • ‘Obviously, because it's still a soft car, you don't expect it to corner with much alacrity, and sure enough it doesn't.’
    • ‘The Vehicle Dynamics Control system plays a big part in the car's cornering abilities.’
    • ‘This is a high-riding off-road car that corners like a normal, well-sorted sports saloon.’
    • ‘Bikers get at least 80 miles on the road over half a day, gaining advice on reading the road, cornering, overtaking and riding in groups.’
    • ‘The system senses when the car is cornering and feeds more brake force to the outside front wheel to counteract the tendency to skid.’
    • ‘New front and rear strut assemblies and a rear sway bar were added to improve cornering and virtually eliminate body roll.’
    • ‘When the two-seater car is cornering, the outer wheels tilt inwards, leaving only the inner area of these tyres in contact with the road.’
    • ‘However, the car totters a bit when cornering and takes quite a few turns to lock.’
    • ‘For, despite its size, the Phaeton fairly skims along the highway, cornering smoothly, accelerating in an instant and slowing to a halt in another.’


  • (just) around (or round) the corner

    • Very near.

      ‘there's a chemist round the corner’
      • ‘The two brothers were followed into Lidl's car park round the corner, where a heated argument took place.’
      • ‘Yesterday I took my rucksack and walked with Philipp round the corner to where the big blue water tank had been placed.’
      • ‘I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.’
      • ‘Just round the corner, down an alley, I spotted a neat bungalow that had apparently escaped the chaos.’
      • ‘With reopening of schools round the corner, parents have started getting tensed up.’
      • ‘Power, he reflected, was like a figure in a hall of mirrors, just disappearing round the corner when you get close to it.’
      • ‘Jean Williamson and her daughter Jackie live round the corner from each other and swap cuttings and advice.’
      • ‘Two fire engines attended the scene, one of which later attended a further car fire round the corner in Burgess Road.’
      • ‘The van pulls up round the corner from the target property and the team silently file out and jog towards the terraced house.’
      • ‘In an interview in September, Isdell said recovery was round the corner.’
      close by, nearby, very near, near here, not far away, a short distance away, in the neighbourhood, close at hand, within walking distance, within reach, on the doorstep
      coming, coming soon, coming up, approaching, close, imminent, forthcoming, brewing, in prospect, in the offing, in the wings, in the wind, on the way, on the horizon, nearly on us, close at hand, at hand
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  • fight one's corner

    • Defend one's position or interests.

      ‘we need someone in the cabinet to fight our corner’
      • ‘The same ferocity with which a young, disadvantaged Motherwell side have fought their corner for much of the league campaign was the game's most compelling feature.’
      • ‘He was the master of coercion and a really, really good guy to have fighting your corner.’
      • ‘The company argues that the fact the shareholders are getting anything at all - something some creditors fiercely opposed at the time - was only because the company fought their corner.’
      • ‘But Mr Jones fought his corner and delivered a prepared, three-minute speech pressing his argument that public services needed to be reformed and firms had to deal with the increasing demands of competition.’
      • ‘I fought my corner to the very last, though, and as we waited at the check-out I gave it a final shot.’
      • ‘From the outset he fought her corner, insisting her point of view be heard.’
      • ‘She's the perfect advocate; she fights my corner.’
      • ‘Nor, generally, do you get where you want to in rugby without fighting your corner vigorously, off the pitch as well as on it.’
      • ‘As a businesswoman, I am used to fighting my corner.’
      • ‘We took legal advice and spent a lot of money fighting our corner but the university people knew how to play the system.’
  • in someone's corner

    • On someone's side; giving someone support and encouragement.

      ‘he is a former pupil; I feel very sorry for him and I am still in his corner’
      • ‘They're already something of a pet project for the famous Morin Heights Studios, the Tea Party's Jeff Martin is in their corner and an album is on its way.’
      • ‘And while Camilla has had the benefit of excellent spin doctors and a camp of loyal supporters, Wallis had little support in her corner of the ring.’
      • ‘Moreover, she had that magic that made those others feel that, with her in their corner, anything on earth was possible.’
      • ‘He's been in my corner supporting me all these years, and I don't know if I could ever thank him enough.’
      • ‘With the moral and financial support of parents fervently in his corner, Johnathan's case is set to go before the School Board for a final hearing Tuesday.’
      • ‘We all know someone that fits into this category, and they are the people you want on your side or in your corner.’
      • ‘I'm going to work hard to get to that level of success that I want and I know I will because I have God in my corner and a loving and a supporting family by my side.’
      • ‘You only get to work with these people if you've got a major player in your corner.’
      • ‘From the ones that were in our corner and supportive, we learned the value of having a reliable mentor.’
      • ‘It's a great boost for me to see how they are progressing and I must admit I am really enjoying being in their corner and trying to pass on any knowledge I can.’
  • on (or at or in) every corner

    • Everywhere.

      ‘there are saloons on every corner’
      • ‘Food is inspected and health and safety executives lurk at every corner, ready to pounce if there is any chance that you are enjoying yourself.’
      • ‘Rio has suco stands on every corner in many districts, serving fresh juice from every fruit you can imagine and a few you cannot.’
      • ‘It's huge, there's a McDonald's on every corner.’
      • ‘I thought when I came to rainy old England, I'd fit in - but with a tanning lounge on every corner, and cheap Ibiza holidays a dime a dozen, I was sadly mistaken.’
      • ‘In the 1990's, a coffee bar was launched on every corner as the country realized Seattle not only had cool grunge but also iced coffee.’
      • ‘The work that's been carried out by the group over the past quarter of a century is in evidence in every corner.’
      • ‘When we deployed, there seemed to be gunmen on every corner.’
      • ‘For seven days York turns into a veritable theme park with axe-wielding bearded chaps on every corner, trying to look enigmatic because that's what they think Vikings did.’
      • ‘How wonderful is it to be in a city with a choice of cafes on every corner, where one can sit inside or outside, linger indefinitely over a coffee or a glass of wine, and order food or not as one chooses.’
      • ‘When I worked at an academic bookstore, we'd hire Reg to blanket the city with posters for our twice-annual sale - overnight, he could have a poster on every corner.’
  • see someone/something out of (or from) the corner of one's eye

    • See someone or something at the edge of one's field of vision.

      ‘out of the corner of his eye he could see Maisie’
      • ‘I mean seeing something out of the corner of your eye and realising you made a mistake is normal.’
      • ‘Finally, after walking around the aisles with that despondent ‘they were right here’ look, I see them out of the corner of my eye.’
      • ‘I've always lived in old houses and am prone to seeing figures out of the corner of my eye or being aware that someone's watching me.’
      • ‘Each time a red flashes they have to touch it to show they can see it out of the corner of their eye.’
      • ‘I could vaguely see this cigar-shaped thing out of the corner of my eye, which I took to be the sledge.’
      • ‘Strange shadows can appear and disappear in moments and you seem to see movements out of the corner of your eye.’
      • ‘During the chaos in the monkey cage, Chen saw something out of the corner of his eye that he would later try to play down but in his heart of hearts he knew to be true.’
      • ‘Corinne, seeing a movement out of the corner of her eye, looked up and saw Carla ascending the stairs.’
      • ‘I kept seeing a red light out of the corner of my eye.’
      • ‘Everyone knows the general scenario that accompanies a sighting: a lone witness who sees something out of the corner of their eye.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin cornu ‘horn, tip, corner’.