up against a/the wall

idiom

informal
: in a very bad position or situation
The team was up against a wall in the first half of the game.

Examples of up against a/the wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another shot, Kerr showed four pairs of white shoes lined up against a wall. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, Dorrey, who is 25, is posted up against the wall, chatting everyone up in a jeans and boot combo fit for Kris Kristofferson in Convoy, a brown Telfar bag on his arm. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 2 Feb. 2024 Jeffrey Wright plays a frustrated academic up against the wall of what Black books must be to sell. Leanne Italie, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2024 Rafe ends up pushing Ward up against a wall and threatens him to leave town... or else. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 28 Feb. 2023 Several coaches pinned the fan up against a wall, subduing him. Richard J. Marcus, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 Seconds later, the man -- identified by prosecutors as Yohenry Brito -- is pushed up against a wall by an officer. Jake Offenhartz The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 There are no tables free, but a young woman directs us to a tiny inch of space right up against the wall. Vulture, 26 Oct. 2023 Bishop and the seven others were lined up against a wall in the fort and gunned down. Rennie Svirnovskiy, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023

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“Up against a/the wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up%20against%20a%2Fthe%20wall. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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