To go to the wall

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"The reason I am doing is for the survival of my business - if I don't do it, my business is going to go to the wall.
Have we so little pride in our nation that we can allow one of its most venerable institutions to go to the wall? I'm speaking of the university in Lampeter - the oldest degree-awarding establishment in our country.
Specter told the gathering that the two "went to the wall" to secure the federal grant, and that "we're prepared to go to the wall again and again and again.
Bristol chairman Arthur Holmes has predicted that his club will be the first of many to go to the wall after he was forced to call in the receiver.