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
References in classic literature ?
They had set me with my back against the wall, and I stood there, looking Silver in the face, pluckily enough, I hope, to all outward appearance, but with black despair in my heart.
And then something gave, there was a momentary feeling of nausea, a sharp click as of the snapping of a steel wire, and I stood with my back against the wall of the cave facing my unknown foe.
And with my back against the wall I watch the police take you away