push to the wall

push someone to the wall

 and press someone to the wall
to force someone into a position where there is only one choice to make; to put someone in a defensive position. There was little else I could do. They pushed me to the wall.
See also: push, wall
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He said continuous terrorist activities in Khyber P were part of the Great Plan and to push to the wall the forces in favour of dialogue.
The religious work that emerged is restrained, intense and ambiguous: it is in a Christian tradition that - at its artistic best - has always allowed the darker realities of loss and death to push to the wall the promises of forgiveness and redemption.