to have your back to the wall



Idiom Definition

"to have your back to the wall"

to be in a desperate situation with not many options available

Idiom Definition - to have your back to the wall - to be in a desperate situation with not many options available

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to have your back to the wall - to be in a desperate situation with not many options available

A husband and wife are talking about paying the bills ...

Wife: What are we going to do? The mortgage is due tomorrow.

Husband: Is there any money left in the checking account?

Wife: No!

Husband: How about in the savings account?

Wife: Nothing!

Husband: Well, our backs are to the wall. We'll have to use our emergency money. We really have no other choice.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to have your back to the wall - to be in a desperate situation with not many options available

Percy is normally a docile good-natured dog. He loves his owners. Percy never chases cats. Percy rarely even barks. He is very gentle and good with children.

One day, Percy's family was threatened by a lion. Percy had his back to the wall. He had no choice but to attack the lion.





to have your back to the wall - Usage:

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to have your back to the wall - Gerund Form:

Having your back to the wall may cause you to display desperate behaviors.


to have your back to the wall - Examples:

1)  Playing with your back to the wall always brings out the fight in everyone. It's desperation.

2)  Del Potro has his back to the wall and nothing to lose.

3)  Now, with his back to the wall, Romney needs to look good against a cool and confident President Obama

4)  What I fear most is what such a regime with it's back to the wall might do in extremis.

5)  Other than Natarajan's sporadically splendid rhetoric, India had its back to the wall at Durban.

6)  You know that as well but you always seem to get your back to the wall and claim little man syndrome.

7)  With his back to the wall after a bruising political year the prime minister put his controversial bill.

8)  It was Fighter Command which supposedly had its back to the wall. Bomber Command was alive and well.

9)  It's a massive satisfaction because at times I have had my back to the wall being accused of not spending fortunes.

10)  He had his back to the wall but saw out the job.

11)  With three matches to go, RSL again has its back to the wall if it wants to stay among the top three seeds on the Western Conference table.

12)  Now with its back to the wall, election or no elections, it has just no choice.

13)  Romney, his back to the wall, had no choice but to start aggressively playing to win.

14)  Cerberus probably has its back to the wall financially to make such huge demands.

15) The University of X has its back to the wall due to the 42% budget cut. 

16) The president has his back to the wall and very few options left. 

17)  I mean, I've seen a club with its back to the wall but not as many times as we had ours.

18)  You know I'm sure John's -- he's got his back to the wall, he needs to fight hard so he can keep his job.

19)  They are a back to the wall kind of team and seem to handle pressure very well.

20)  I take Froch to win inside the distance but Mack has his back to the wall as he attempts to win a world title for the first time.