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verb     corner pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecornering
past tensecornered
past participlecornered
  1. 1
    [transitive] 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.

    1. a.
      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.

    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
    [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 (in something):

    Her company has cornered the market in frozen vegetarian meals.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a car corners, it moves around a corner or bend in the road


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