push somebody to the wall

Meaning(s)

1. force someone into a position where their choices are severely limited

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financial pressures are pushing him/her to the wall

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When you push somebody to the wall it means to corner someone or force someone into making a choice by eliminating or making it impossible to choose something else. When you push somebody to the wall means to put someone in a difficult situation or to embarrass or humiliate them.

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  1. Anne is really pressurizing me to make a decision on buying the house. I feel like I'm being pushed to the wall.
  2. When the bank demanded I relinquish some of my assets I was completely humiliated. They pushed me to the wall and I had to choose between my home or my business.

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  1. The increasing costs associated with running a restaurant are pushing Jamie to the wall. If he doesn't find an investor soon, he will go out of business.
  2. The negotiations did not go well for us. The other side knew that we desperately needed the deal and they used that knowledge to push us to the wall.

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