hands are tied


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.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

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

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