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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.
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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]
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References in classic literature ?
With the exception of several straw-bottomed chairs with their backs to the wall, the grand obscure vista contained nothing else to minister to effect.
Summary: Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], July 13 (ANI): Farmers of Vidarbha are fighting with their backs to the wall due to delayed monsoon in the region.
With their backs to the wall, perennial PBA Philippine Cup powers Magnolia and Alaska set out to snare crucial wins Wednesday in a bid to stay in the hunt for playoff berths in the PBA Philippine Cup.
If the French lost the battle, they would very likely lose Canada--both the French and the British had their backs to the wall.
"They enjoy having their backs to the wall and we're comfortable with our team and squad.
The Dutch have their backs to the wall in Group B after suffering a shock defeat against the Danes and defeat against their historic rivals could see them make an early exit.
AS the plaudits came in for Chelsea and their incredible 'backs to the wall' performance in Barcelona, one thing annoyed me so much I ended up sending a ranting tweet during the game.
It was backs to the wall for the young visitors, but they defended superbly in their first excursion back in the competition after a six-year absence.
WOLVES v WIGAN Molineux, 1.30pm DEFENDER Richard Stearman has challenged Wolves to produce another "backs to the wall" performance to end their current slump in today's bottom-four clash with Wigan at Molineux.
NEW Hartley enjoyed a five-goal romp against Cleveland Hall, who had their backs to the wall from early in the game.
He said: "It's backs to the wall time, but we've given ourselves a fighting chance." Chester went ahead when David Mannix headed home, and Ryan Lowe made it two from six yards.
"It can't just be backs to the wall for 90 minutes." he said.
Rome and England, united we stand, divided we fall, so keep your backs to the wall and fight the good fight, poverty, ignorance and disease.
STEVE McCLAREN admits England have their backs to the wall in Israel in the biggest match of his short England reign.
Boyd said: "It will be backs to the wall in the San Siro but if Celtic get a chance, they will need to take it because you have seen the quality of Milan in possession.