Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

corner (somebody/something)

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    • corner somebody/the market
  • Analysis
    If you 'corner someone' or something you get them into a place or a situation from which they cannot easily escape."He first cornered the moose and then shot it." "She was cornered in a dark alleyway and couldn't see how to escape." 'To corner the market' means to obtain sufficient control so as to be able to manipulate the market price or to have the biggest market share without being a monopoly.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The teacher cornered the student after class to discuss his homework.
    2. The technology entrepreneur tried to corner the market when it came to Artificial Intelligence.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Pharmaceutical companies make most of their income when they have a patent and are able to corner the market before the patent expires and generic brands flood the market.
    2. We need to put pressure on the Minister to answer questions without him feeling like he is being cornered.
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