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a tight corner

A particularly difficult or awkward situation, especially one that is not easy to get out of. Your brother helped me out of a tight corner when I was out of work a few years back, so I'm more than happy to lend him a hand now. Jeremy's been in more tight corners since he left college than I care to recount. I just don't know what's going to become of that boy.
See also: corner, tight

a tight corner (or spot or place)

a difficult situation.
1994 Interzone The temptation to also invent some kind of magical McGuffin to get his hero out of a tight corner is something he works hard to avoid.
See also: corner, tight
References in classic literature ?
Later on his meaning was illustrated more fully on a dark night in a tight corner during a dead on-shore gale.
Then they would argue so jollily, and once or twice she had him in quite a tight corner, but as soon as he grew really serious, she gave in.
I've been in a few tight corners but nothing tighter than that.
The dissenting leaders have pushed MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar and those close to him in a tight corner.
Unsure of the strength of his legal case, Sharif considered rabble rousing was the only way to get out of the tight corner where he had landed himself.
However, Team Dimension Data's Cavendish was involved in a crash which also included Team Sky's Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani in the last kilometre on a tight corner as teams tried to assemble their riders into a position to challenge.
VITO MANNONE is backing Jermain Defoe to fire Sunderland to Premier League safety - although he is "not proud" they are in another tight corner.
That is when you find out about people, when they are put in a tight corner and see how they react.
The situation is compounded by the fact that the manhole is situated in a tight corner of the road, so unsuspecting motorists have no way of avoiding it.
A pair of slipper chairs can fit into a tight corner of a room and with a small table between make a fine seating arrangement.
The discharger is constructed of folded plate with no tight corner radii.
He is an officer, gentleman, patriot, and hot-headed man of action whose sheer force of personality extracts him from many a tight corner and leads him into many more.
They've manoeuvred themselves into a tight corner," Richard Downing, an economist for the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said of ANC pledges to spend more on the poor.
The sight of the two brothers, locked in an embrace after pulling India out of a tight corner in the one-off T-20 clash with Sri Lanka, must have made for a surefire front page in the Indian newspapers.
YOU could hardly say that the form of Tight Corner would rekindle someone's enthusiasm to get back into racing.