ställa mot väggen

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ställa (put, push) +‎ mot (against) +‎ väggen (the wall), figuratively to put someone in a situation where they cannot back away or escape easily.

Verb[edit]

ställa mot väggen

  1. (idiomatic) to confront someone, to demand answers or action
    • 2019, Arvid Jansson, Mitt i Söderort[1]:
      Farstabor ställer politiker mot väggen: ”Stäng inte parklekar”
      People of Farsta confront politicians: "Don't close the manned playgrounds"
    • 1965, Casimir Ehrnrooth, “Trogen tvenne tsarer och en furste Alexander”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      De övriga ministrarna var nu ställda mot väggen och tvangs att utan undanflykter ta ställning till frågan.
      The other ministers were now backed up against the wall and were forced to take a stand on the question without prevarication.