press (one) to the wall

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press (one) to the wall

To force one into a desperate position in which one's options are limited and typically require desperate actions. If the government continues pushing its citizens to the wall, it shouldn't b surprised when they rise up to destroy it. Increasing financial pressures are pushing Tom to the wall. I think he needs help.
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Richard, told police he was leaving a kosher restaurant when three men who appeared to be of North African descent cornered him and pressed him to the wall. He was wearing a yarmulke at the time.