to the wall

to the wall
{adv. phr.} Into a place from which there is no escape; into a trap or corner. - Usually used after "drive" or a similar word. * /John's failing the last test drove him to the wall./ * /The score was 12-12 in the last minute of play, but a touchdown forced the visitors to the wall./ * /Bill had to sell his five Great Danes. The high cost of feeding them was driving him to the wall./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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