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verb British English pronunciation: corner /ˈkɔː(r)nə(r)/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycorner
he/she/itcorners
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. 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.

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