your hands are tied


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 rules have tied his hands.


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