- the point of intersection of the section lines of a land survey, often marked by a monument or some object, as a pipe that is set or driven into the ground.Compare section(def 5).
- a stake, tree, or rock marking the intersection of property lines.
- any point on the line forming the left or right boundary of home plate: a pitch on the corner.
- the area formed by the intersection of the foul line and the outfield fence.
- the immediate area formed by any of the four angles in the ring.
- one of the two assigned corners where a boxer rests between rounds and behind which the handlers sit during a fight.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to use a shorter route.
- to reduce costs or care in execution: cutting corners to meet the foreign competition.
Origin of corner
British Dictionary definitions for cut corners (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cut corners (2 of 2)
- to acquire enough of (a commodity) to attain control of the market
- Also: engross to attain control of (a market) in such a mannerCompare forestall (def. 3)
Word Origin for corner
Idioms and Phrases with cut corners (1 of 2)
Do something in the easiest or least expensive way; also, act illegally. For example, Cutting corners in production led to a definite loss in product quality, or If the accountant cuts corners the auditors are sure to find out. This term alludes to rounding a corner as closely as possible in order to shorten the distance traversed and/or save time. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with cut corners (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with corner
- corner the market
- around the corner
- cut corners
- four corners of the earth
- in a tight corner
- out of the corner of one's eye
- paint oneself into a corner
- turn the corner