corner - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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 car park.

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

    I get my newspaper from the shop on the corner.

    turn the corner (=go around it):

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

    street corner:

    people begging on street corners

    1. a.
      a sharp bend in a road, where you cannot see what is coming

      Slow down for the corner.

  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 centre, 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.

    tight corner (=difficult situation):

    We’ve got out of tighter corners than this!

    back/force someone into a corner:

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

  6. 6
    in football, hockey etc, a kick or hit that one team is allowed to take from a corner of the field, near the goal where they are trying to score

    England’s first goal came from a corner.

  7. 7
    in boxing or wrestling, one of the corners of the square ring where the fighting happens
  8.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    have/get a corner on something to have or hold a monopoly on something, to monopolize something

    Because of its time to time technical innovation and purpose-built software, Microsoft has managed to get a corner on software market for years.

    Submitted by Prakash Chandra Patel from India on 18/12/2016
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