In serious trouble, in desperate situation, in serious difficulties

Etymology:

  • This expression originates as an American slang in the 19th century. The idiom is used objectively to refer to situations where people are lined up against the wall for various reasons. For example, suspected criminals are required to stand against the wall. The police also makes arrested criminal lean forward and the hands against the wall. Another example of the situation is the robber who holds his victim against the wall to prevent from escaping at the gunpoint.
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He played the innings of his life when his team was up against the wall and facing defeat.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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proti zdi

contra la pared

contre le mur

दिवार के सहारे

contra a parede

dựa vào tường

靠在墙上

靠牆

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