back is to/against the wall


: in a bad position in which one is forced to do something in order to avoid failure
We knew that with so little time and money left to finish the project we had our backs to the wall.

Examples of back is to/against the wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given this complicated electoral map, and given that Netanyahu’s back is against the wall of indictment, the coming campaign stands to be the nastiest playing-for-keeps contest in Israel’s history. Aluf Benn, Foreign Affairs, 18 Dec. 2019 And sometimes your back is against the wall and there may be no way out. Dalton Ross,, 9 Mar. 2021 If the Ravens won, that would not be much of a shocker, but Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin is a fighter when his back is against the wall. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 5 Jan. 2024 When your back is against the wall, and everything is on the line, listen to one voice above all else: your own. Anna Oakes, Quartz, 23 Feb. 2023 Hayden Grove 2-8-1, $2.33 (Lost $2): Browns 34, Texans 21 ($2.33) Again, my back is against the wall. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 4 Dec. 2022 Young is at his best when Alabama's back is against the wall. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2022

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“Back is to/against the wall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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