up against the wall

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up against the wall

In a difficult or troubling situation in which one's options or ability to act are limited or constrained. I just feel like I'm up against a wall with all these creditors breathing down my neck. Sometimes, the most innovative solutions come to us when we're up against a wall.
See also: up, wall

*up against the wall

Fig. in serious difficulties. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; push someone ~.) Let's face it, we're up against the wall this time. It's when you're up against the wall that your true character shows.
See also: up, wall

up against the wall

in an inextricable situation; in great trouble or difficulty.
The image here is of someone facing execution by a firing squad.
See also: up, wall