with (one's) back against the wall

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with (one's) back against the wall

In a bad situation in which one's ability to act is limited. She finds herself with her back against the wall now that creditors are coming after her for more money than she makes. Sometimes, the best solutions arise with our back against the wall, when our options are limited.
See also: back, wall
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So Trent, with his back against the wall and not a friend to help him, faced for twenty-four hours the most powerful bull syndicate which had ever been formed against a single Company.
He did not even look round him; and in the room, leaning with his back against the wall, he allowed himself to be carried away by the terrible supposition that he was already dead, as he closed his eyes, in order to avoid looking upon something even worse still.
She was cracking walnuts and picking them out of the shells, throwing out a remark occasionally to a rough man in a rabbit-skin cap, with straps under the knees of his corduroy trousers, who stood puffing a black clay pipe with his back against the wall.
This is an uncommonly lively vessel in a sea-way," he used to mutter under his breath, when his legs took him down the passage in zigzag directions, or left him for the moment studying the "Pints of the Compass" on his own system, with his back against the wall.
But with his back against the wall, Mourinho saved his better lines for later as he outlined just why it is that he is the man for this job.
With his back against the wall and knowing he could not afford to lose another frame, the Whitley player bounced back strongly to clinch the following two frames 61-52, 68-44, to make the score 2-2.
You can charge The public what you like and fleece them at your will For they''ve never made a law yet To prosecute a till These metal gangsters rule the lives Of the average working man They whittle at his wages in every Way they can They whittle at his wages until they Don''t exist at all, and then you Have a desperate man with his back against the wall But if this man chose to steal Then the law is made quite clear You must not rob your fellow man The sentence is one year.
The daughter of Will and Jada Smith is seen lying in bed with the shirtless 'Hannah Montana' star, who was sitting holding a pillow with his back against the wall, Fox News reported.
The minister said the guard kept his finger on the trigger of his pistol while standing with his back against the wall.
As the guard was holding the pistol in his hand with his finger at the trigger while standing with his back against the wall, it suddenly went off, perhaps in panic, after the guard heard a suicide blast outside which fatally hit the judge", interior minister said.
Tony Blair is always best with his back against the wall.
But with his back against the wall in the 16th frame, the five-time winner of the event produced a polished break of 64 to close out the match 9-7.
With his back against the wall, Roddick produce a lightening-fast ace in the 11th game to save his service once more.