have one's hands tied

have one's hands tied
Fig. to be prevented from doing something. (As if one's hands were made immobile.) •

I can't help you. I was told not to, so I have my hands tied.

John can't help. He has his hands tied by his boss.

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See: TIED ONE'S HANDS.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • In one's hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Off one's hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On one's hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To have one's handful — handful hand ful (h[a^]nd f[.u]l), n.; pl. {handfuls} (h[a^]nd f[.u]lz). [AS. handfull.] 1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. A hand s breadth; four inches. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Knap the tongs together about a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hands off — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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