one's back against the wall

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British pronunciation/wˈɒnz bˈak ɐɡˈɛnst ɔː tə ðə wˈɔːl/
American pronunciation/wˈʌnz bˈæk ɐɡˈɛnst ɔːɹ tə ðə wˈɔːl/
one's back against the wall
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in a situation where one has little choice to do what they want or need to

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{one's} [back] (against|to) the wall definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "one's back against the wall" and when to use it?

The exact origin of the idiom "one's back against the wall" is not definitively documented, but it is a phrase that likely draws from a literal scenario where someone is physically cornered or trapped with their back against a wall, which is a vulnerable and constrained position. Over time, this concept has been figuratively applied to describe situations in which people face extreme pressure, adversity, or limited options.

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After the unexpected accident, they found their backs against the wall, dealing with a crisis that required immediate action.
With mounting debts and no job prospects, he had his back to the wall and needed to find a solution quickly.
He owes money to everyone - he really has his back to the wall now.
The negotiations weren't going well, and it felt like they had their backs to the wall with little room for compromise.
When the company was on the brink of bankruptcy, the CEO had his back against the wall and had to make some tough decisions.
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