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verb corner pronunciation in American English /ˈkɔrnər/
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present tense
present participlecornering
past tensecornered
past participlecornered
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to force a person or animal into a place that they cannot move away from

    He cornered her and tried to kiss her.

    have someone/something cornered:

    The dogs had the cat cornered.

    1. a.
      to find someone and make them talk to you when they have been trying to avoid this

      He cornered me and asked me why I was late.

    2. b.
      to put someone in a situation where they have to do something that you want

      Cornered, he handed her the letter.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a car corners, it moves around a corner or curve in the road
  3. 3
    [transitive] to get control of an area of business so that no one else can succeed in it, for example because you own all the supply of a particular product

    Hamden had managed to corner the entire grain supply.

    corner the market (for/in something):

    They have cornered the market for frozen vegetarian meals.


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