One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a desperate situation; hard-pressed.
- ‘Facing defeat and with his back to the wall, he played dirty.’
- ‘He has often had to work with his back to the wall to find a consensus among his party colleagues.’
- ‘In fact the most terrifying scenario I could imagine is if the tyrant found himself with his back to the wall.’
- ‘He has shown that he is a man who fights best with his back to the wall.’
- ‘But with his back to the wall, Milkins produced his best snooker.’
- ‘‘He's got superb movement and first touch and when you play with your back to the wall you need that,’ said Hoddle.’
- ‘But that he is on the defensive should send out a word of warning to all who cross his path: Hewitt with his back to the wall is a very dangerous creature indeed.’
- ‘He is always at his best with his back to the wall.’
- ‘Yet he continues to manage Dell with the urgency and determination of a college kid with his back to the wall.’
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