drive (one) to the wall

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drive (one) to the wall

To put one in a position or situation where their options are limited. Every night after school is a battle—I basically have to drive the kids to the wall to get them to do their homework. Of course that team won the big game when faced with missing the playoffs—they perform best in situations that drive them to the wall.
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Reyes' first-inning drive to the wall in left-center gave Cleveland the lead after Sox starter Ross Detwiler walked the bases loaded.
Finish last few feet with head down and drive to the wall. Work on touching the end of the pool or pad for finish.