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.
See also: press, wall
References in classic literature ?
But within the Trinity Gateway he was so pressed to the wall by people who probably were unaware of the patriotic intentions with which he had come that in spite of all his determination he had to give in, and stop while carriages passed in, rumbling beneath the archway.
Our labours were scarcely over when I heard Earnshaw's tread in the passage; my assistant tucked in his tail, and pressed to the wall; I stole into the nearest doorway.
Pressed to the wall, the police most reluctantly scribbled an undecipherable labyrinthine called an FIR.
The viewer enters a tall, white funnel, back pressed to the wall in order not to trample on a video screen that occupies most of the floor.
Abbottabad on the other hands were pressed to the wall after conceding a goal but they managed their position and made some occasional moves but did not score any goal.
The oil rig was escorted by "a large flotilla of naval craft." Beijing "announced that no foreign ships would be allowed within a 3-mile radius of the $1-billion rig." Vietnam is pressed to the wall as Asean meets in Yangon next week.
On the other hands, Waziristan XI of North Waziristan Agency players were pressed to the wall due to time and again attacks made by Mujahid club Peshawar forwards but they were failed to make any free moments because of the tight marking of Waziristan XI players.
The EU acts only when it is pressed to the wall. And, when it finally does do the right thing, it pretends not to be doing it.
"Now is the time to invest in Bulgaria's real estate sector because of the high number of distressed properties put up for sale by owners who have been pressed to the wall by their lenders.
If pressed to the wall I'd have to say my favorite firearms are those chambered in .44 Special.
In Iraq the theocracy's main clients, Muqtada al-Sadr and his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, have their backs pressed to the wall because of a new aggressive policy unveiled by President Bush and approved by the Iraqi parliament.
* With rubber decorator stamps, paint is applied to the stamp and then pressed to the wall.
ena's heart made a sound that no one heard except for esma, late at night, with her ear pressed to the wall.
as far as the wall, the ear pressed to the wall, than we thought
Keep your elbow pressed to the wall and your upper arm muscle flexed as tight as you can.