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  • hands are tied — ◇ If your hands are tied you cannot do anything about a situation because you do not have the power to act freely. I d like to help you, but my hands are tied. The judge says her hands are tied because the law requires a harsh sentence in such… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hands are tied — (your) hands are tied you are not free to act. Some of my students are failing, but my hands are tied by their parents, who can t admit their kids need extra help. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form something has tied someone s hands: The… …   New idioms dictionary

  • hands are tied — (someone s) hands are tied if someone s hands are tied, they are not free to behave in the way that they would like. I d like to raise people s salaries but my hands are tied …   New idioms dictionary

  • hands are tied — be unable to act because others are in control, out of our hands    I m in favor of public health care but my hands are tied. I have to wait for a government decision …   English idioms

  • hands are tied — unable to help I m sorry that I can t help you with the job but my hands are tied at the moment …   Idioms and examples

  • your hands are tied — (your) hands are tied you are not free to act. Some of my students are failing, but my hands are tied by their parents, who can t admit their kids need extra help. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form something has tied someone s hands: The… …   New idioms dictionary

  • someone's hands are tied — (someone s) hands are tied if someone s hands are tied, they are not free to behave in the way that they would like. I d like to raise people s salaries but my hands are tied …   New idioms dictionary

  • my hands are tied — If your hands are tied, you are unable to act for some reason …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • my hands are tied —    If your hands are tied, you are unable to act for some reason.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • My hands are tied —   If your hands are tied, you are unable to act for some reason …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • one's hands are tied — unable to help I m sorry that I can t help you with the job but my hands are tied at the moment …   Idioms and examples

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