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

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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 really has his back to the wall now.
Translations of “have your back to/against the wall”
in Chinese (Traditional) 處於絕境…
in Chinese (Simplified) 处于绝境…
(Definition of have your back to/against the wall from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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