cornercor‧ner1 /ˈkɔːnə $ ˈkɔːrnər/ ●●●S1W2 noun1where two lines/edges meetWHERE TWO LINES/EDGES MEET [countable]CF the point at which two lines or edges meetHe pulled a dirty handkerchief out by its corner and waved it at me.corner ofTheir initials were sewn on the corner of every pillow.in the corner (of something)The TV station’s name appears in the corner of the screen.on the corner (of something)Jessie sat on the corner of her bed.three-cornered/four-cornered etca three-cornered hat2roadROADS [countable usually singular]a)CFthe point where two roads meetcorner ofRuth walked with her as far as the corner of the road.on the cornerThe hotel is on the corner of 5th and Maine.at the cornerSeveral women were standing at the corner, talking to two police officers.kids hanging around on street cornersb)TTRBENDa point in a road where it turns sharplyHe had tried to take the corner too quickly, and had lost control of the car.The petrol station is around the corner.3corner of a room/boxCORNER OF A ROOM/BOX [countable usually singular]CF the place inside a room or box where two walls or sides meetin the corner (of something)There was an old piano in the corner of the living room.corner table/seatI reserved a corner table in my favourite restaurant.4mouth/eyeMOUTH [countable]HBH the sides of your mouth or eyesA tear appeared in the corner of his eye.5difficult situationDIFFICULT SITUATION [singular] a difficult situation that you cannot easily escape fromback/box/force/push somebody into a corner (=put someone into a situation where they do not have any choices about what to do)Don’t let your enemies back you into a corner.The writers have painted themselves into a corner by killing off all the most popular characters in the first series.He found himself in a tight corner (=a very difficult situation) looking for a way to get out.6sportsSPORT [countable]a)DSFa kick or hit that one team is allowed to take from one of the corners of their opponent’s end of the fieldb)DSOany of the four corners of the area in which the competitors fight in boxing or wrestling, especially one of the two corners where the competitors go in between rounds7distant placeDISTANT PLACE [countable]FAR a distant place in another part of the worldcorner ofShe’s gone off to work in some remote corner of the world.People came from the four corners of the world (=from lots of different places) to make America their new home.8 →see something out of the corner of your eye9 →(just) around/round the corner10 →turn the corner11 →fight your corner/fight somebody’s corner12 →cut corners13 →cut a corner14 →have/get a corner on something →kitty-cornerCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: the point at which two lines or edges meetadjectivesthe top/bottom cornerThe ball flew straight into the top corner of the net.the left/left-hand cornerWe followed the path to the left-hand corner of the field.the right/right-hand cornerPut your address in the top right-hand corner of the page.the southeast/northwest etc corner of somethingI was staying in the southwest corner of the island.the four corners of somethingEach team was based in one of the four corners of the pool.the far/opposite corner of something (=furthest from where you are)Something was moving in the far right corner of the garden.a quiet cornerHe sat on his own in a quiet corner of the library.a shady corner (=protected from the sun – used about outdoor places)Plant the herbs in a shady corner of the garden.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: ADJECTIVES/NOUN + corner a tight/sharp corner (=very curved and difficult to drive around)Go slowly because there’s a sharp corner up ahead.a blind corner (=one that you cannot see around)The car had come speeding around a blind corner much too fast.a street cornerThere’s a newspaper shop on the street corner.verbsturn the corner (=go around a corner)I walked on and turned the corner into Church Road.come/go around a cornerAt that moment, a police car came around the corner.round a corner (=come around it)A tall good-looking man rounded the corner.take a corner (=go around a corner in a car)He took the corner too fast and crashed into a tree.disappear around a cornerWe watched the two boys disappear around the corner.cut a corner (=not go all around the edge of a corner)I crashed into a motorcyclist who had cut the corner.stand on a cornerShe stood on the corner saying goodnight to Michael.
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corner• A large emeraldringflashed a spot of light into a dark corner of the room.• Keep forward alongside wall on left and then alongside fence on left to gate in corner.• You have some mustard on the left corner of your mouth.• However, Gav's biggest collar is just around the corner.• She picked the tablecloth up by the corners and folded it neatly.• In the corner of his eye he saw the other men on their stoolslift their heads.• In the corners of the room there were vases filled with flowers.• But even more of a reprieve was lurking round the corner.on the corner (of something)• I screwed up my results paper and threw it on the Pavement beside some one's half-eaten chipson the corner.• Parade begins at 6 p. m. on the corner of Grant and Swan roads.• Even the policemanon the corner demanding money did not subdue the cheerfulness of hope.• I stroll down the street and stand on the corner of Haight and Ashbury.• A group of people stood on the corner, staring at his car.• A wearyCharlie finally stepped off a tramon the corner of Chelsea Terrace a little after four o'clock.• I drove past the Baths which were on the corner of the High Street and the street where my digs were.around the corner• Around the corner, the public waits in a long line for a chance to eat breakfast in a Senaterestaurant.• We rented a bakingfacilityaround the corner.• He clenched his teeth together but the first syllable forced itself around the corner of his mouth.• They claim that news is just around the corner, and that it will be on us before we know it.• She might think we're just around the corner and that we're not coming to see her.• Caricature was just around the corner.• The car screechedaround the corner after him in a burst of fumes and querulous voices.• Out in the street afterwards they wanderedaround the corner into Leicester Square to see the Christmas lights.corner table/seat• The six people at a corner table were well known to the proprietor, who saw them regularly in the winter months.• A few minutes later we were seated at a corner table in the small bistro which I had known for several years.• And there, at a corner table, sitting with an elderly woman and a younger man, was the legendary caddie.• He got a corner seat in an emptycarriage.• We had managed to squash ourselves into a corner table with two pints of strong winter-warmer beer.• Madonna shared a corner table with Evans and Rossellini for a while before retreating to the bar area.• We took a corner table and sat down.• Roquelaure was recognised instantly by the head waiter who took them straight to a reservedcorner table.tight corner• With funding being cut, Pusani's program is in a tight corner.• However, employers could find themselves in a tight corner if they attempted to increase employeecontributions or reduce benefits.• However, the cover is very easily removed if you need to get into a tight corner.• They get the argument out of a tight corner, and make for a less fatalisticscenario.• The plate can be moved from side to side and backwards for tight corners.• This requires a little force and might be awkward in tight corners.• The moment he emerged on to a flatstretch of road after negotiating a particularly tight corner the explanation was obvious.• The uniquebeadedcord is remarkable strong and won't snag or jam even round tight corners.• The driversroared round tight corners and skilfully navigated a twisty, bendy and muddy course.the four corners of the world• Scholarsgatheredwisdom and knowledge from the four corners of the world.• People from the four corners of the world have come to Ontario to make it their home.• He put the Celts at one of the four corners of the world.• Even to the four corners of the world. 38.
cornercorner2 verb1[transitive]CATCH to force a person or animal into a position from which they cannot easily escapeOnce the dog was cornered, he began to growl.► see thesaurus at catch2[transitive] to go to someone who is trying to avoid you, and make them listen to youLater, he cornered Jenny on the stairs and asked her what was wrong.3 →corner the market4[intransitive]TTC if a car corners, it goes around a corner or bend in the road→ See Verb table
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corner• Though around Jessica he remained at least somewhat aloof, Kip could be brutal, especially when cornered.• Pupo sits among these Strange white people, ashamed and cornered.• The next day they went into battle with the desperatecourage of brave men cornered.• If they are cornered by a predator, mountaingoats will not hesitate to use their horns to defend themselves.• The building oozed a melancholy yet defiant air, cornered by an unforgivinglandscape with which it refused to make any compromises.• Toplis was eventually cornered by police, I believe in Cumberland, and the murderer was shot dead whilst resistingarrest.• Douglas was cornered by the killers in the back bedroom of a seventh-floor apartment.• Hillcornered her at a party just before she left Washington.• The boys cornered him on a subwayplatform and began beating him.• There are other variations but they all end up with black's king being cornered on h8 or h7.• He was cornered outside the school by three apparentgang members wearing red, the emblem of the Nortenos.• The new Audis corner very well.From King Business Dictionarycornercor‧ner /ˈkɔːnəˈkɔːrnər/ verbcorner the marketCOMMERCE to gain control of the whole supply of a particular type of goods or servicesSingapore has made significant efforts to corner the market in this type of specialised service company.→ See Verb tableOrigincorner1(1200-1300)Old Frenchcornere, from corne“horn, corner”, from Latincornu“horn, point”