corner the market


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corner the market

1. To sell or produce something so successfully as to overshadow all others in the same field. That company is so popular right now that they've really cornered the market on video games.
2. To buy most of a particular item or stock so that one can control its price. If you think he bought all that stock to corner the market, you should report him—that kind of activity is illegal.
See also: corner, market

corner the market

Buy all or most of a commodity or stock so that its price goes up. For example, In a famous maneuver the Hunt brothers cornered the market in silver. This idiom uses corner in the sense of "drive would-be buyers into a corner." [Early 1800s]
See also: corner, market

corner the ˈmarket (in something)

get control of the trade in a particular type of goods, so that you control its price and the conditions of sale: By reducing prices so that the smaller stores can’t compete and are forced to close, Bestsave has effectively cornered the market.
See also: corner, market
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The developments evoked memories of 1980, when the Hunt brothers of Texas tried to corner the market and drove prices from around $6 an ounce to a high of $52.
While product lines such as Dark & Lovely have helped the Savannah, Georgia, company corner the market for African American hair care products, they left Carson vulnerable when the markets seemed saturated.
Cohen had bought some of the dancer's shoes in the first auction, in New York, and was evidently determined to corner the market.
Given the huge size of the domestic market, both for OTC and prescription drugs, the value of the royalties paid must be huge - which is why foreign drugs makers are so keen to corner the market for themselves.
Saatchi, who paid pounds 1 million for a Hirst medical torso, is clearly trying to corner the market.
Looking to corner the market on quarterbacks named Detmer, the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday drafted Koy Detmer, brother of last year's starting quarterback, Ty Detmer.
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