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noun [countable] corner pronunciation in American English /ˈkɔrnər/
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  1. 1
    the part of something square or rectangular where two edges meet

    Watch the baby, that table has sharp corners.

    at/in the corner:

    The date is displayed in the corner of the screen.

    I had to park in the far corner of the parking lot.

    right-hand/left-hand corner:

    That’s me, in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture.

    1. a.
      a place where two sides or walls meet, usually inside a room or a box
      corner of:

      In a dark corner of the room stood a tall man.

      in the corner:

      She sat in the corner reading.

  2. 2
    a sharp turn in a road, where you cannot see what is coming

    Slow down for the corner.

    1. a.
      a place where two roads or paths meet
      on/at the corner:

      I get my newspaper from the store on the corner.

      turn the corner (=go around it):

      As she turned the corner onto Bank Street, she saw us.

      street corner:

      people begging on street corners

  3. 3
    the end of your mouth or eye
    corner of:

    A tear trickled from the corner of her eye.

  4. 4
    a small area away from the center, especially one that is quiet, peaceful, or secret

    Let’s find a quiet corner and talk about it.

    corner of:

    Plant it in a sunny corner of your garden.

    the four corners of the earth/globe/world etc.:

    People came from the four corners of the earth to take part in these games.

  5. 5
    a difficult situation that you cannot easily escape from

    The government is in a corner on the subject of taxes.

    back/force someone into a corner:

    They had me forced into a corner, and I had to admit the truth.

    tight corner (=difficult situation):

    We’ve gotten out of tighter corners than this!

  6. 6
    in boxing or wrestling, one of the corners of the square ring where the fighting happens
  7. 7
    in soccer, field hockey, etc., a kick that one team is allowed to take from a corner of the field, near the goal where they are trying to score

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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