Saturday, February 09, 2013

cliché: back against the wall

Meaning: desperate, with no other options (definition).

Example: In a strange city and her wallet stolen, her back was against the wall.

Origins: expression from fighting. (Also, “back to the wall”). (Source.)

  • back against the bricks
  • backside to sheet rock
  • face to the fence
  • facing six sides of the walls
  • penned in by walls, fences, and borders
  • no escape but a bottomless pit
  • facing a ladder well shy of a climb to the top
  • facing a hallway ending in a locked door

Discussion: What other words do you have for “wall” or “back”? 

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