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.
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The Warriors' three-peat bid hangs in the balance as they go into the game with their backs against the wall. Will the final game ever played at the Oracle Arena be a series-tying victory for the Warriors?
With their backs against the wall, Balanga zoned in on defense as Alvin Pasaol scored inside followed by a three-point play by Franklin.
With their backs against the wall, Ateneo lived for another day behind the explosive efforts of Marck Espejo to destroy FEU's twice-to-beat semifinal incentive with a tough 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9 win last Saturday.
With the ability to perform with their backs against the wall, they cannot be underestimated going into the business end of the season.
With their backs against the wall being down 1-2 following an 80-75 debacle in the hands of Al Gharafa the other day, the Al Rayyan squad fought like wounded warriors from opening buzzer, puncturing the hoops at every opportunity and shackling their opponents with swarming defence on the other end.
But Portugal, reduced by a man in the third and final period, fought with their backs against the wall to collect full points and assert their supremacy against the hosts.
In other words, people with their backs against the wall will be bombarded with offers of "easy ways out," which may turn out to be not easy at all.
I spent time reminiscing about days of hardship where people actually displayed qualities of grit, quite resolution and cheerfulness, with their backs against the wall. We called it "community spirit" then.
"However, what I'd never say to a future generation who find themselves with their backs against the wall is that violence is wrong.
Shrinking markets and dwindling profits have many municipal bond brokers with their backs against the wall
With their backs against the wall, the NU Lady Bulldogs survived all four match points to force the game into a 14-all deadlockin the deciding fifth set.
'Phoenix had to win to stay alive, those guys came out playing ready with their backs against the wall,' said forward Sean Anthony who had 15 points and seven boards.
Even the IRA warned that with their backs against the wall, the Real IRA may carry out another atrocity.
With their backs against the wall, the fourth-seeded Lady Altas fought back and played with much resolve to pull the rug from under the Lady Blazers in a gripping 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 victory last week to force a sudden death set at 4 p.
With their backs against the wall, Cignal-San Beda and Cafe France proved more than equal to the challenge on Thursday to send their respective semifinal series to a do-or-die affair in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.
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