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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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.
It's tough for our guys to go out and pitch with their backs against the wall,'' Scioscia said after Chicago White Sox starter Freddy Garcia became the latest to waltz through his offense, pinning a 4-2 loss on the Angels.
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
Even the IRA warned that with their backs against the wall, the Real IRA may carry out another atrocity.
Water Defenders team captain Kaylee Manns said they knew they couldn't take the Lady Dolphins lightly since a winless team can pull of surprises especially with their backs against the wall.
With their backs against the wall, the Bakers played with a sense of desperation and it showed right from the get-go.
BACOLOD CITY -- With their backs against the wall in a game they couldn't afford to lose, the Philippine Azkals once again showcased Tuesday night the type of indomitable spirit that has fueled their rise the past three years.
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