back/paint oneself into a corner

idiom

Definition of back/paint oneself into a corner

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

Learn More about back/paint oneself into a corner

Statistics for back/paint oneself into a corner

Cite this Entry

“Back/paint oneself into a corner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%2Fpaint%20oneself%20into%20a%20corner. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster
Comments on back/paint oneself into a corner

What made you want to look up back/paint oneself into a corner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!