force to the wall

force someone to the wall

 and drive someone to the wall
Fig. to push someone to an extreme position; to put someone into an awkward position. He wouldn't tell the truth until we forced him to the wall. They don't pay their bills until you drive them to the wall.
See also: force, wall
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Only a conglomerateur could afford to do this, and it is no accident that the name of the paper he is trying to force to the wall is The Independent.