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  ( corners    plural & 3rd person present)   ( cornering    present participle)   ( cornered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A corner is a point or an area where two or more edges, sides, or surfaces of something join.  
usu with supp  
He saw the corner of a magazine sticking out from under the blanket..., Write `By Airmail' in the top left hand corner.     
2       n-count   The corner of a room, box, or similar space is the area inside it where its edges or walls meet.  
...a card table in the corner of the living room..., The ball hurtled into the far corner of the net..., Finally I spotted it, in a dark corner over by the piano.     
3       n-count   The cornerof your mouth or eye is the side of it.  
usu sing, oft N of n  
Out of the corner of her eye she saw that a car had stopped.     
4       n-count   The corner of a street is the place where one of its sides ends as it joins another street.  
usu with supp  
We can't have police officers on every corner..., He waited until the man had turned a corner.     
5       n-count   A corner is a bend in a road.   (=bend)  
...a sharp corner...     
6       n-count   In football, hockey, and some other sports, a corner is a free shot or kick taken from the corner of the pitch.  
7       verb   If you corner a person or animal, you force them into a place they cannot escape from.  
A police motor-cycle chased his car twelve miles, and cornered him near Rome...      V n  
He was still sitting huddled like a cornered animal.      V-ed  
8       verb   If you corner someone, you force them to speak to you when they have been trying to avoid you.  
Golan managed to corner the young producer-director for an interview.      V n  
9       verb   If a company or place corners an area of trade, they gain control over it so that no one else can have any success in that area.     (BUSINESS)   (=monopolize)  
This restaurant has cornered the Madrid market for specialist paellas...      V n  
10       verb   If a car, or the person driving it, corners in a particular way, the car goes round bends in roads in this way.  
Peter drove jerkily, cornering too fast and fumbling the gears.      V adv/prep  
11    If you say that something is around the corner, you mean that it will happen very soon. In British English, you can also say that something is round the corner.  
around the corner/round the corner             phrase   usu v-link PHR   (=imminent)  
The Chancellor of the Exchequer says that economic recovery is just around the corner.     
12    If you say that something is around the corner, you mean that it is very near. In British English, you can also say that something is round the corner.  
around the corner/round the corner             phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
My new place is just around the corner.     
13    If you cut corners, you do something quickly by doing it in a less thorough way than you should.  
cut corners      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    Take your time, don't cut corners and follow instructions to the letter.     
14    You can use expressions such as the four corners of the world to refer to places that are a long way from each other.  
the four corners of      phrase   PHR n  
They've combed the four corners of the world for the best accessories...     
15    If you are in a corner or in a tight corner, you are in a situation which is difficult to deal with and get out of.  
in a corner/in a tight corner      phrase   N inflects, v-link PHR, PHR after v   (=in a tight spot)  
The government is in a corner on interest rates..., He appears to have backed himself into a tight corner.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Around is an adverb and a preposition. In British English, the word `round' is often used instead. Around is often used with verbs of movement, such as `walk' and `drive', and also in phrasal verbs such as `get around' and `hand around'.     
1       prep   To be positioned around a place or object means to surround it or be on all sides of it. To move around a place means to go along its edge, back to your starting point.  
She looked at the papers around her..., ...a prosperous suburb built around a new mosque.     
      Around is also an adverb., adv   n ADV  
...a village with a rocky river, a ruined castle and hills all around..., The Memorial seems almost ugly, dominating the landscape for miles around.     
2       prep   If you move around a corner or obstacle, you move to the other side of it. If you look around a corner or obstacle, you look to see what is on the other side.  
The photographer stopped clicking and hurried around the corner..., I peered around the edge of the shed<endash>there was no sign of anyone else.     
3       adv   If you turn around, you turn so that you are facing in the opposite direction.  
ADV after v  
I turned around and wrote the title on the blackboard..., He straightened up slowly and spun around on the stool to face us.     
4       prep   If you move around a place, you travel through it, going to most of its parts. If you look around a place, you look at every part of it.  
I've been walking around Moscow and the town is terribly quiet..., He glanced discreetly around the room at the other people.     
      Around is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
He backed away from the edge, looking all around at the flat horizon.     
5       prep   If someone moves around a place, they move through various parts of that place without having any particular destination.  
They milled around the ballroom with video cameras.     
      Around is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
My mornings are spent rushing around after him.     
6       adv   If you go around to someone's house, you visit them.  
ADV after v  
She helped me unpack my things and then we went around to see the other girls.     
7       adv   You use around in expressions such as sit around and hang around when you are saying that someone is spending time in a place and not doing anything very important.  
ADV after v  
After breakfast the next morning they sat around for an hour discussing political affairs.     
      Around is also a preposition., prep  
He used to skip lessons and hang around the harbor with some other boys.     
8       adv   If you move things around, you move them so that they are in different places.  
ADV after v  
She moved things around so the table was beneath the windows.     
9       adv   If a wheel or object turns around, it turns.  
ADV after v  
The boat started to spin around in the water.     
10       prep   You use around to say that something happens in different parts of a place or area.  
Elephants were often to be found in swamp in eastern Kenya around the Tana River., ...pests and diseases around the garden.     
      Around is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v, n ADV  
Giovanni has the best Parma ham for miles around.     
11       adv   If someone or something is around, they exist or are present in a place.  
The blackbird had a quick, wary look in case the cat was anywhere around..., Just having lots of people around that you can talk to is important...     
12       prep   The people around you are the people who you come into contact with, especially your friends and relatives, and the people you work with.  
We change our behaviour by observing the behaviour of those around us..., Those around her would forgive her for weeping.     
13       prep   If something such as a film, a discussion, or a plan is based around something, that thing is its main theme.  
...the gentle comedy based around the Larkin family..., The discussion centered around four subjects.     
14       adv   You use around in expressions such as this time around or to come around when you are describing something that has happened before or things that happen regularly.  
n ADV, ADV after v  
Senator Bentsen has declined to get involved this time around..., When July Fourth comes around, the residents of Columbia City throw a noisy party.     
15       prep   When you are giving measurements, you can use around to talk about the distance along the edge of something round.  
She was 40 inches around the hips.     
16       adv   Around means approximately.   (=about)  
My salary was around £19,000 plus a car and expenses...     
      Around is also a preposition., prep  
He expects the elections to be held around November.     
17    Around about means approximately.  
around about      prep-phrase  
There is a Green party but it only scored around about 10 percent in the vote...     
18    You say all around to indicate that something affects all parts of a situation or all members of a group.  
all around      phrase   cl PHR  
He compared the achievements of the British and the French during 1916 and concluded that the latter were better all around.     
19    If someone has been around, they have had a lot of experience of different people and situations.  
has been around/had been around      phrase  
    the other way around  


Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    about, encircling, enclosing, encompassing, environing, on all sides of, on every side of, surrounding  
2    about, approximately, circa     (used with dates)   roughly  
3    about, all over, everywhere, here and there, in all directions, on all sides, throughout, to and fro  
4    at hand, close, close at hand, close by, near, nearby, nigh     (archaic or dialect)  

boss around     
bully, dominate, domineer, oppress, order, overbear, push around     (slang)   put upon, ride roughshod over, tyrannize  
fool around      , about  
act the fool, dawdle, footle     (informal)   hang around, idle, kill time, lark, mess about, play about, play the fool, waste time  
gad (about or around)     
gallivant, ramble, range, roam, rove, run around, stravaig     (Scot. & Northern English dialect)   stray, traipse     (informal)   wander  
horse around      , about  
clown, fool about or around, misbehave, play the fool, play the goat, roughhouse     (slang)  
play around     
dally, fool around, mess around, philander, take lightly, trifle, womanize  
slop around      , about  
flop, loaf, lollop, lounge, shamble, shuffle, slouch, slump, sprawl, veg out     (slang, chiefly U.S.)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a strategy video game originary from Japan, published by Nintendo. Now it is very popular everywhere around the world.
The name Pokémo ncomes from the words Pocket Monsters
avoid the main topic ; discuss a matter without coming to the point ; to not speak directly/frankly/bluntly about the issue
Ex: Please, stop beating around the bush and get to the point! Also: beat about the bush
expression used to point out that one will eventually face the consequences of his own actions
let the time go by without doing something important, relax, waste time
E.g.: It was a quite evening: we sat around chatting and watching TV.
1.act silly; 2. avoid work
to behave in a pretentious manner
fashionistas poncing around wearing designer earphones
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
management by walking/wandering around; it's a form of management based on frequent informal visits to the subordinates'work area and direct interaction with them
Someone's ability to look and act like whoever is around him or her.
The fictional character of human chameleon Leonard Zelig (in the film "Zelig", 1983), who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him.
a column of air whirling around and towards a more or less vertical axis of low pressure, which moves along the land or ocean surface
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
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