with (one's) back to the wall

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with (one's) back to the wall

In a bad or high-pressure situation in which one's choice or ability to act is limited. She finds herself with her back to the wall now that creditors are coming after her for more money than she makes. Sometimes, the best solutions arise when we are with our backs to the wall, when we don't have the luxury of examining every option under the sun.
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with your back to (or up against) the wall

in a desperate situation.
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With the exception of several straw-bottomed chairs with their backs to the wall, the grand obscure vista contained nothing else to minister to effect.
Summary: Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], July 13 (ANI): Farmers of Vidarbha are fighting with their backs to the wall due to delayed monsoon in the region.
With their backs to the wall, perennial PBA Philippine Cup powers Magnolia and Alaska set out to snare crucial wins Wednesday in a bid to stay in the hunt for playoff berths in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The conditions didn't help either team but Newcastle spent most of the game with their backs to the wall. Speed chipped in with another goal with a well-taken shot but Jenas should have joined him on the score sheet missing his kick from six yards.
The match pattern was soon established: Rangers incisive, attacking constantly; poor Killie with their backs to the wall for most of the time.
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