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have (one's) back to the wall
To be in a bad or high-pressure situation in which one's choice or ability to act is limited. She really has her back to the wall now that creditors are coming after her for more money than she makes.
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have one's back to the wall
Fig. to be in a defensive position. He'll have to give in. He has his back to the wall. How can I bargain when I've got my back to the wall?
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have your back to the wallor
have your back against the wall
COMMON If you have your back to the wall or have your back against the wall, you are in a very difficult situation, which will be hard to deal with. The European Union has its back to the wall and must make a difficult decision. The regime really has its back against the wall. We are seeing the beginnings of a revolution. Note: You can also say when your back is to the wall or with your back to the wall. When their backs are to the wall, women fight as hard as men. With my back to the wall, I agreed to the decision.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
have your ˈback to the wallbe in a difficult situation with no easy solution: Inflation and unemployment have risen this year and the Government has lost a lot of support. The Prime Minister really has his back to the wall now.
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