push (one) to the wall

(redirected from pushed to the wall)

push (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 be surprised when they rise up to destroy it. Increasing financial pressures are pushing Tom to the wall. I think he needs help.
See also: push, to, wall
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

push someone to the wall

 and press someone to the wall
to force someone into a position where there is only one choice to make; to put someone in a defensive position. There was little else I could do. They pushed me to the wall.
See also: push, to, wall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in classic literature ?
'And having such a knowledge of our own umbleness, we must really take care that we're not pushed to the wall by them as isn't umble.
She said she was pushed to the wall and insulted before her colleagues intervened upon hearing a commotion.
He said that Kashmiris were being pushed to the wall by India and fanatic goons working at the orders of their political masters and attacking Kashmiris.
He said that politicians and statesmen were pushed to the wall through engineered ways.
Meanwhile, APHC condemned the recent arrest spree across the valley saying the youth are pushed to the wall and their social life is being disturbed.
Voicing the party's previous claims, Shehbaz lamented that PML-N was being pushed to the wall, 'but we'll break this wall and emerge victorious.'
He warned that people should not be pushed to the wall, to the extent of resorting to self-defence.
He said the youths are being pushed to the wall leaving no option for them than to consider other paths to give vent to their sentiments.
He urged the PTI chief to bring about the 'change' in own party, where ideological workers have been pushed to the wall and those who quit other parties have been given importance.
Pushed to the wall by the Filipinos' all-out offensive, the Singaporeans resorted to highly physical style that resulted in several exclusive calls (temporary ejection) from both parties.
Arabs, Christians and Jews can live together peacefully, if the right-wingers are effectively pushed to the wall. Any God-fearing person could never think of harming other people.
Muhammad Muhaqiq, Abdullah's second vice-presidential candidate, lamented peace could not be acheived with foreign aid and investment because Mujahidin had been pushed to the wall.
Because those killed in Kiev are one of us, the people, pushed to the wall, "wrote the organizers of the event "Support Free Ukraine" on Facebook.
While Bartoli has been pushed to the wall in her matches under the Californian sun, Cibulkova has not dropped a set in three matches.