Definition of corner in US English:



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

    ‘Jan sat at one corner of the table’
    1. 1.1 An area inside a room, box, or square-shaped space, near the place where two or more edges or surfaces meet.
      ‘he drove the ball into the corner of the net’
    2. 1.2 A place where two streets meet.
      ‘an apartment on the corner of 199th Street and Amsterdam Avenue’
      as modifier ‘the corner house’
    3. 1.3 A difficult or awkward situation.
      ‘he found himself backed into a corner’
    4. 1.4 First or third base on a baseball diamond.
      ‘two outs, with runners on the corners’
    5. 1.5 A sharp bend in a road.
      ‘serious racers want a car that is fast going into and out of the corners’
  • 2A part, region, or area, especially one regarded as secluded or remote.

    ‘they descended on the college from all corners of the world’
    ‘his wisdom was disseminated to the four corners of the earth’
    figurative ‘she couldn't bear journalists prying into every corner of her life’
    1. 2.1 A position in which one dominates the supply of a particular commodity.
  • 3

    short for corner kick
  • 4Wrestling Boxing
    Each of the diagonally opposite ends of the ring, where a contestant rests between rounds.

    1. 4.1 A contestant's supporters or seconds.
      ‘Hodkinson was encouraged by his corner’
  • 5Baseball
    Each of the two parallel sides of home plate, which are perceived as defining the vertical edges of the strike zone.


[with object]
  • 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’
    • ‘All she could do was let out a muffled cry like a deer being cornered by the predator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frank led a raiding party of eight men who eventually succeeded in cornering the goat after a two-hour operation.’
    • ‘Teach kids to respect the cat, and do not allow them to chase or corner the cat even in play.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sensing that their prey was cornered, the trio spread out a bit, moving to flank her before closing in to finish her off.’
    • ‘He felt suddenly like the hunter who has cornered the wolf, his rifle trained on the chest of the unknowing prey.’
    • ‘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 distressed bird was eventually cornered by one of the security officers, who used his cap to gather it into custody.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had the distinct feeling of a deer being cornered in the spotlight.’
    • ‘Jenny had a horrified look on her face, one of fear, like a rabbit being cornered by a coyote.’
    • ‘Jason followed and eventually cornered me into a tree by the garbage bins behind the gardening shed, and came towards me menacingly.’
    • ‘A resident phoned police who arrived to help corner the horse into the fenced school oval.’
    • ‘Minutes later, cornered by police on a city street, the suspect gave up quietly.’
    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, typically against their will.
      ‘I managed to corner Gary for fifteen minutes’
      • ‘Mint managed to corner Valerine before he could get out of school.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, one Whirler was cornered by the manager, who wanted to know what he was doing.’
      • ‘Cedric was a great listener, and could corner people into conversations really well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anyway, on Monday Haley finally cornered me and forced me to talk to her.’
      • ‘Emie nodded slowly, realizing she was being cornered into a conversation she would rather not discuss with anyone, least of all him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had managed to corner him and was currently explaining her plans for graduation.’
      • ‘Finally, I managed to corner him in a way he could evade, but couldn't escape.’
  • 2Control (a market) by dominating the supply of a particular commodity.

    ‘whether they will corner the market in graphics software remains to be seen’
    • ‘Last year, his attempt to corner the market in television football fell foul of British monopoly authorities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No way was he going to let them corner the market in novelty and wonder.’
    • ‘As sales later proved, we passed up an opportunity of a lifetime to corner the market on brazilianite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You do this because you want people to eat proper food, not because you want to corner the market and be the only supplier.’
    • ‘Citybox Advertising plans to launch an assault on the British market, having cornered the market for advertising inside Irish shopping centres.’
    • ‘It's a handy trick, to diagnose a terminal illness while claiming to corner the market on the cure.’
    • ‘Not content with cornering the independent market in Hollywood, O'Reilly also plans to expand into mainland Europe in the coming months.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘The last decade has seen them corner the market in expressive and experimental electronic music.’
    • ‘The Office of Fair Trading is advising ministers to relax the regulations that prevent supermarkets cornering the market.’
    • ‘Edward de Bono has seemingly cornered the market, and publishers are reluctant to try to take on the champ.’
    • ‘Director Paul Anderson appears intent on cornering the market when it comes to computer game-based adaptations.’
    • ‘If both the title and cover aren't telling enough, this California quintet wants to corner the market on teen angst.’
    • ‘The company has cornered the gambling market here.’
    • ‘It would seem to be a step back towards the bad old days when EMC cornered the storage market with its expensive boxes.’
    • ‘The idea that a single company could corner the market on such research is ludicrous.’
    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 around a bend in a road.

    ‘no squeal is evident from the tires when cornering fast’
    • ‘The system senses when the car is cornering and feeds more brake force to the outside front wheel to counteract the tendency to skid.’
    • ‘This is a high-riding off-road car that corners like a normal, well-sorted sports saloon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With more screeching of tires, the limo cornered around the old warehouse.’
    • ‘The whole approach to cornering on a road course seems to give some drivers problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the car totters a bit when cornering and takes quite a few turns to lock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New front and rear strut assemblies and a rear sway bar were added to improve cornering and virtually eliminate body roll.’
    • ‘For, despite its size, the Phaeton fairly skims along the highway, cornering smoothly, accelerating in an instant and slowing to a halt in another.’
    • ‘The Vehicle Dynamics Control system plays a big part in the car's cornering abilities.’
    • ‘The Mini cornered like a big go-cart and demanded to be driven with the same fun intent.’
    • ‘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.’


  • (just) around (or round) the corner

    • Very near.

      ‘there's a pharmacy around the corner’
      • ‘Two fire engines attended the scene, one of which later attended a further car fire round the corner in Burgess Road.’
      • ‘In an interview in September, Isdell said recovery was round the corner.’
      • ‘Just round the corner, down an alley, I spotted a neat bungalow that had apparently escaped the chaos.’
      • ‘Jean Williamson and her daughter Jackie live round the corner from each other and swap cuttings and advice.’
      • ‘The van pulls up round the corner from the target property and the team silently file out and jog towards the terraced house.’
      • ‘Power, he reflected, was like a figure in a hall of mirrors, just disappearing round the corner when you get close to it.’
      • ‘I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.’
      • ‘With reopening of schools round the corner, parents have started getting tensed up.’
      • ‘Yesterday I took my rucksack and walked with Philipp round the corner to where the big blue water tank had been placed.’
      • ‘The two brothers were followed into Lidl's car park round the corner, where a heated argument took place.’
      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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  • in someone's corner

    • 1Acting as a second, to a boxer.

      1. 1.1On someone's side; giving someone support and encouragement.
  • on (or at or in) every corner

    • Everywhere.

      ‘there were saloons on every corner’
      ‘it's difficult to readjust when the past assaults you at every corner’
      ‘young executives sprouted in every corner’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's huge, there's a McDonald's on every corner.’
      • ‘Rio has suco stands on every corner in many districts, serving fresh juice from every fruit you can imagine and a few you cannot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The work that's been carried out by the group over the past quarter of a century is in evidence in every corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When we deployed, there seemed to be gunmen 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.

      • ‘Corinne, seeing a movement out of the corner of her eye, looked up and saw Carla ascending the stairs.’
      • ‘Each time a red flashes they have to touch it to show they can see it out of the corner of their 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I mean seeing something out of the corner of your eye and realising you made a mistake is normal.’
      • ‘Everyone knows the general scenario that accompanies a sighting: a lone witness who sees something 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.’
      • ‘I kept seeing a red light out of the corner of my eye.’
      • ‘Strange shadows can appear and disappear in moments and you seem to see movements out of the corner of your eye.’


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