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backed into a corner

Meaning: If you're backed into a corner, you're in a difficult situation that will be hard to get out of.

For example:

  • When his business failed, Gerry felt he'd been backed into a corner and he didn't know what he could do.

  • Jimmy's drug addiction had backed him into a corner and his only way out was to go into rehab and kick the habit.

Quick Quiz:

Michael felt he'd been backed into a corner, but he wouldn't give up. He
  1. had to find a way out
  2. curled up and went to sleep
  3. made it more comfortable

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