be put up against the wall—said of smb. about to be executed by shooting: His appeal was turned down…. The day came round and he was put up against the wall to be shot. be up against the wall—(also: have one’s back against the wall) have run out of options; be pushed to the last […]
be put into execution—(also: be carried into execution) be carried out: The plan was put into execution and this was the beginning of the manufacture of woolen fabrics. be put to execution—1. = be put into execution: The plan was put to execution, and the group of three moved down, alongside of the rocky wall. […]
be poorly—be feeling unwell: “Kate, your mistress is poorly this morning, and prefers you not go in to her.” “Poorly? Oh, but sir, she will want her tea…” be poorly off—have very little money: Many of the Africans who came here as refugees more than a decade ago are still poorly off.
Downfall refers to the destruction of something. The Russian Revolution led to Czar Nicholas II’s downfall. Drawback refers to a flaw or problem of some kind. Their plan to camp there had one drawback: too many gnats.
be pleased with oneself—be much satisfied with what one does: He was very pleased with himself after he had passed his driving test. please oneself—do whatever one likes, without having to obey others: We don’t have to be back by a certain time; we can just please ourselves.
Down the pike is the correct phrase. It means something is going to happen. The Pike was originally a huge entertainment area at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Fair goers would commonly say, There’s always something new coming down the Pike.