backed one into a corner

Definition of backed one into a corner

:to cause to feel embarrassed or in an awkward or difficult predicament
  • The reporter backed her into a corner with his probing questions.

Word by Word Definitions

back play backed
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for

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

  2. : the place of intersection of two streets or roads

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

  1. : situated at a corner

  2. : used or fitted for use in or on a corner

  1. : to drive into a corner

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

  3. : to get a corner on


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