in a box


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in a box

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

Informal
In a very difficult or restrictive situation.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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