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drive into a corner
1. Literally, to force someone or something to move into a corner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "into." To assert his dominance, the cat drove the kitten into the corner.
2. To force or be forced into a difficult or unpleasant situation that one cannot easily resolve or escape. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "into." My boss really drove me into a corner when he asked me to fire the CEO's daughter. Scott has been driven into a corner with this mortgage payment that he cannot afford.
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drive someone into a corner
1. . Lit. to force someone into the place where two walls intersect. They drove him into a corner and captured him there. When he is driven into a corner, he will fight.
2. Fig. to force someone into a position or state where there are few choices and no escape. You have driven me into a corner, so I guess I have to give in. Todd was driven into a corner when everyone disagreed with him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.