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Up against the wall

Posted by David FG on April 30, 2006

In Reply to: Up against the wall posted by Debbie on April 30, 2006

: What is the origin of the phrase "first up against the wall, come the revolution"

It is a reference to execution by firing squad, in which the condemned person is stood against a wall and shot.

The phrase is suggesting that 'come the (desired) revolution whoever is being mentioned will be the first to be executed.'

It is not generally to be taken literally.