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English definition of “have your back to/against the wall”

have your back to/against the wall

to have very serious problems that limit the ways in which you can act : He owes money to everyone - he's really got his back to the wall now.Experiencing difficulties Grammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.Grammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]Grammar:Back as a nounGrammar:Back as an adjectiveGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]
(Definition of have your back to/against the wall from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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