go to the wall


US : to make every possible effort to achieve something, to win, etc.
He's prepared to go to the wall to defend his beliefs.
British : to fail because of a lack of money
a company that has gone to the wall

Examples of go to the wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Clark told the agents that Householder will go to the wall for those who pay into that fund as first energy has now admitted to doing. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 17 Jan. 2023 And at the time, President Biden had to go to the wall and really plead with Manchin, come around on this, Joe. ABC News, 19 Dec. 2021 Companies will go to the wall. Trevor Clawson, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021

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“Go to the wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20to%20the%20wall. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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