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Backs against the wall

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.

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