hands are tied
Definition of 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 cases.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as
: with the hands rather than by machine
: to touch or manage with the hands
: to deal with
: to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie
: to form a knot or bow in
: to make by tying constituent elements
: a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed
: a structural element (such as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together : a tension member in a construction
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