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View synonyms for back to the wall

back to the wall



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Also, back against the wall . In a hard-pressed situation; also, without any way of escape. For example, In the closing few minutes, our team had its back to the wall but continued to fight gallantly , or The bank has him with his back to the wall; he'll have to pay up now . This term was used originally for a military force that is making a last stand. [First half of 1500s]

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Wait a moment till I've got my "strong-man-with-his-back-to-the-wall" expression.

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