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  1. the place at which two converging lines or surfaces meet.
  2. the space between two converging lines or surfaces near their intersection; angle: a chair in the corner of the room.
  3. a projecting angle, especially of a rectangular figure or object: He bumped into the corner of the table.
  4. the point where two streets meet: the corner of Market and Main Streets.
  5. an end; margin; edge.
  6. any narrow, secluded, or secret place.
  7. an awkward or embarrassing position, especially one from which escape is impossible.
  8. Finance. a monopolizing or a monopoly of the available supply of a stock or commodity to a point permitting control of price (applied only when monopoly price is exacted).
  9. region; part; quarter: from every corner of the empire.
  10. Surveying.
    1. 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).
    2. a stake, tree, or rock marking the intersection of property lines.
  11. a piece to protect the corner of anything.
  12. Baseball.
    1. any point on the line forming the left or right boundary of home plate: a pitch on the corner.
    2. the area formed by the intersection of the foul line and the outfield fence.
  13. Boxing.
    1. the immediate area formed by any of the four angles in the ring.
    2. one of the two assigned corners where a boxer rests between rounds and behind which the handlers sit during a fight.
  14. Soccer. corner kick.
  1. situated on or at a corner where two streets meet: a corner drugstore.
  2. made to fit or be used in a corner: a corner cabinet.
verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with corners.
  2. to place in or drive into a corner.
  3. to force into an awkward or difficult position or one from which escape is impossible: He finally cornered the thief.
  4. to gain control of (a stock, commodity, etc.).
verb (used without object)
  1. to meet in or be situated on or at a corner.
  2. to form a corner in a stock or commodity.
  3. (of an automobile) to turn, especially at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn involved.
  1. cut corners,
    1. to use a shorter route.
    2. to reduce costs or care in execution: cutting corners to meet the foreign competition.
  2. rough corners, rude, boorish, or unsophisticated characteristics, manners, or the like: Despite his rough corners, he was very likable.
  3. the four corners of the earth, the most distant or remote regions: They traveled to the four corners of the earth.
  4. turn the corner, to pass through a crisis safely: When the fever passed, we knew he had turned the corner.

Origin of corner

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French corne corner, horn (< Latin cornū horn; cf. cornu) + -er -er2

Synonyms for corner

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British Dictionary definitions for cut corners


  1. the Corner informal an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia


  1. the place, position, or angle formed by the meeting of two converging lines or surfaces
  2. a projecting angle of a solid object or figure
  3. the place where two streets meet
  4. any small, secluded, secret, or private place
  5. a dangerous or awkward position, esp from which escape is difficulta tight corner
  6. any part, region or place, esp a remote place
  7. something used to protect or mark a corner, as of the hard cover of a book
  8. commerce a monopoly over the supply of a commodity so that its market price can be controlled
  9. soccer hockey a free kick or shot from the corner of the field, taken against a defending team when the ball goes out of play over their goal line after last touching one of their players
  10. either of two opposite angles of a boxing ring in which the opponents take their rests
  11. mountaineering a junction between two rock faces forming an angle of between 60° and 120°US name: dihedral
  12. cut corners to do something in the easiest and shortest way, esp at the expense of high standards
  13. round the corner or just round the corner close at hand
  14. turn the corner to pass the critical point (in an illness, etc)
  15. (modifier) located on a cornera corner shop
  16. (modifier) suitable or designed for a cornera corner table
  17. logic either of a pair of symbols used in the same way as ordinary quotation marks to indicate quasi quotationSee quasi-quotation
  1. (tr) to manoeuvre (a person or animal) into a position from which escape is difficult or impossiblefinally they cornered the fox
  2. (tr) to furnish or provide with corners
  3. (tr) to place in or move into a corner
  4. (tr)
    1. to acquire enough of (a commodity) to attain control of the market
    2. Also: engrossto attain control of (a market) in such a mannerCompare forestall (def. 3)
  5. (intr) (of vehicles, etc) to turn a corner
  6. (intr) US to be situated on a corner
  7. (intr) (in soccer, etc) to take a corner

Word Origin for corner

C13: from Old French corniere, from Latin cornū point, extremity, horn
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Word Origin and History for cut corners



late 13c., from Anglo-French cornere (Old French corniere), from Old French corne "horn, corner," from Vulgar Latin *corna, from Latin cornua, plural of cornu "projecting point, end, horn" (see horn (n.)). Replaced Old English hyrne. As an adjective, from 1530s.



late 14c., "to furnish with corners," from corner (n.). Meaning "to turn a corner," as in a race, is 1860s; meaning "drive (someone) into a corner" is American English from 1824. Commercial sense is from 1836. Related: Cornered; cornering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cut corners

cut corners

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]


In addition to the idiom beginning with corner

  • corner the market

also see:

  • 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
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