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corner
British English: /ˈkɔːnə/
American English: /ˈkɔrnər/

Translation of corner in French:

noun

  • 1 [literal]
    (in geometry) angle (m)
    (of street, building) angle (m)
    coin (m)
    (of table, box, page, fabric, field, room) coin (m)
    (Automobile) (bend) virage (m)
    the house on the corner
    la maison qui fait l'angle
    at the corner of the street to turn ou go round the corner
    tourner au coin de la rue
    to put a child in the corner (School)
    mettre un enfant au coin
    she wiped her eyes with a corner of her apron
    elle s'est essuyé les yeux avec un coin or le bord de son tablier
    to fold something from corner to corner
    plier quelque chose en diagonale
    to turn down the corner of a page
    corner une page
    the car took the corner too fast
    la voiture a pris le virage trop vite
    he lives around the corner from me (nearby)

    il habite tout près de chez moi
    the post office is just around the corner (around the bend)

    la poste est juste au coin
    she disappeared round the corner
    elle a disparu au coin de la rue
    Christmas is just around the corner
    Noël approche
    you never know what's around the corner
    before n (cupboard, shelf, table)
    de coin
    a corner seat (on a train)

    un coin fenêtre
  • 2 (side) (of eye, mouth) to watch/see somebody out of the corner of one's eye
    regarder/voir quelqu'un du coin de l'œil
  • 3 (remote place)
    [figurative] (of mind) coin (m)
    recoin (m)
    a quiet corner of Brittany/the office
    un coin tranquille de Bretagne/du bureau
    in a remote corner of India
    dans une région reculée de l'Inde
    I searched every corner of the house
    j'ai cherché partout dans la maison
    from all four corners of the world
    des quatre coins du monde
  • 5 (column) kids'/collectors' corner
    le coin des enfants/des collectionneurs

transitive verb

  • 1 (trap) [literal]
    acculer (animal, enemy)
    [figurative]
    coincer [informal] (person)
  • 2 (monopolize)
    accaparer (supply, best seats)
    she's cornered the market in fashion jewellery
    elle a accaparé le marché du bijou fantaisie

intransitive verb

  • (Automobile)
    (car)
    prendre un virage
    this car corners well
    cette voiture tient bien la route
  • also: -cornered
    dans composésthree-/four-cornered
    à trois/quatre coins

Idioms

to be in a tight corner

être dans une impasse

to hold ou fight one's corner

se défendre

to paint ou box oneself into a corner

se mettre dans une impasse

to cut corners

(financially) faire des économies
(in a procedure) simplifier les choses

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