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cornered (adj.)

late 14c., "having corners," past-participle adjective from corner (v.). Figurative sense "forced or driven into a position where surrender or defeat is inevitable" is from 1824.

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Definitions of cornered

cornered (adj.)
forced to turn and face attackers;
she had me cornered between the porch and her car
Synonyms: at bay / trapped / treed
From wordnet.princeton.edu