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Definition of tie (one's) hands

tie (one's) hands


  • to restrict a person in some way, such that they cannot do something.
    I'd love to help you but our department just doesn't have the funding right now. The corporate office really tied our hands.

    Last edited on Aug 11 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 11 2011.


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Definitions include: said when a person cannot do something due to restrictions.
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