hands are tied

Definition of hands are tied

Note: If your hands are tied you cannot do anything about a situation because you do not have the power to act freely.

Word by Word Definitions

hand play hands
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ : the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

  2. : the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

  3. : a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. : with the hands rather than by machine

  1. : to touch or manage with the hands

  2. : furl

  3. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand

tie play tied
  1. : to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie

  2. : to form a knot or bow in

  3. : to make by tying constituent elements

  1. : a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed

  2. : a structural element (such as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together : a tension member in a construction

  3. : any of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them in line


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