Posted by Bob on May 04, 2000
In Reply to: Backs against the wall posted by Paul Guthrie on May 04, 2000
: My understanding of this phrase is that basically it means to be in a very difficult position.
: Does anybody know the origin of this phrase?
: (My son's suggestion was maybe it comes from from being lined up against a wall about to be shot by a firing squad?!)
A situation so difficult, in fact, that you have no possibiity of retreat. You're obliged to take the offensive. Do or die.