up against a brick wall

up against a brick wall

Stymied by difficulties or obstacles that seem unlikely to change. There are so few properties available in our town right now that prospective buyers are basically up against a brick wall. I'm trying to get funding for my project, but so far I'm up against a brick wall and have made only $20.
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If it is a maximum of five (foreign) players and the rest have to be English, whatever we can do with the rules, but it always seems they come up against a brick wall.
Furniture is positioned accommodatingly, creating diagonals that draw us into each scene, while windows carry us outside to a groomed yard in Jill and Polly in Bathroom, or up against a brick wall in Manhattan in The Son, both 1987.