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back/paint oneself into a corner

Definition of back/paint oneself into a corner

  1. :  to put oneself in a bad position <The candidate backed/painted himself into a corner by proposing a tax increase.>



Word by Word Definitions

backplay
  1. :  the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

    :  articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for

paintplay
  1. :  to apply color, pigment, or paint to

    :  to color with a cosmetic

    :  to apply with a movement resembling that used in painting

  1. :  the action of painting :  something produced by painting

    :  makeup

    :  a cosmetic to add color

oneselfplay
  1. :  one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

cornerplay
  1. :  the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet :  angle

    :  the place of intersection of two streets or roads

    :  a piece designed to form, mark, or protect a corner

  1. :  situated at a corner

    :  used or fitted for use in or on a corner

  1. :  to drive into a corner

    :  to catch and hold the attention of especially to force an interview

    :  to get a corner on


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