back (one or oneself) into a corner(redirected from backs into a corner)
back (one or oneself) into a corner
1. To force one into a difficult or unpleasant situation that one cannot easily resolve or escape. My boss really backed me into a corner when he asked me to fire the CEO's daughter. Scott has been backed into a corner with this mortgage payment that he cannot afford.
2. To put oneself into a difficult or unpleasant situation that one cannot easily resolve or escape. I really backed myself into a corner when I agreed to go to two events on the same night.
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back oneself into a corner
Fig. to manage to get oneself into a position where there is limited escape. (Ranging from literal to figurative.) He tells different stories to different people. Finally he backed himself into a corner and had to admit his lies.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.