back to the wall

back to the wall

In a bad or high-pressure situation in which one's choice or ability to act is limited. She finds herself with her back to the wall now that creditors are coming after her for more money than she makes. Sometimes, the best solutions arise when we are with our backs to the wall, when we don't have the luxury of examining every option under the sun.
See also: back, wall

back to the wall

Also, back against the wall. In a hard-pressed situation; also, without any way of escape. For example, In the closing few minutes, our team had its back to the wall but continued to fight gallantly , or The bank has him with his back to the wall; he'll have to pay up now. This term was used originally for a military force that is making a last stand. [First half of 1500s]
See also: back, wall
References in classic literature ?
Thereupon he seated himself with his back to the wall and his face to the door, and finding an English newspaper on the table, read it until they reached the docks.
I can't make this out," said he, when he came home from the play one night, and was drinking a glass of cold grog, with his back to the wall, in order that he mightn't be able to fancy there was any one behind him--"I can't make it out," said he; and just then his eyes rested on the little closet that had been always locked up, and a shudder ran through his whole frame from top to toe.
I crouched at the foot of the staircase with my back to the wall, shivering violently.
Back-to-the-wall toilets are a great way to hide the unsightly waste-pipe connector going into the pan because, as the name says, they go right back to the wall without a gap, perfect if the connector would be in your eyeline.
Cpl Payne switches his attention to the prisoner to his left who is pictured with his legs bent, back to the wall.
As defending champion, the 24-year-old Hamilton already has his back to the wall in his effort to become the first Briton to be crowned two years in succession.
Glasvegas hark back to the wall of sound 60s with tales of desperation and loss, while White Lies have stormed onto the scene with a thumping take on 80s synth pop.
Catch it on the rebound and throw it back to the wall immediately.
With his back to the wall, Guerrero came back and stopped Sandro Marcos in the third round last May, then took apart Diaz in a rematch on June 23 in Oakland, knocking him out in the sixth round.
Sit on the floor with your back to the wall, and pull your weight up by the ballet barre.
But the pre-season favourite to give the Monstermob Ducati team a third consecutive title has his back to the wall.
Kiaer asks us divide our viewpoint and imagine ourselves with our back to the wall, returning our own gaze, both detached and complicit.
And when dad got to him, he was still holding his breath and trying to kick back to the wall.
Anderson went 1 for 3 with a single and also glided back to the wall to catch a drive by the Mariners' Richie Sexon.
PUNTING wise, I've really got my back to the wall, as a result I'm keeping an eye out for anything that Chris Wall runs.