hands are tied

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Definition of hands are tied

used to say that someone is unable to act freely because something (such as a rule or law) prevents it 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.

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“Hands are tied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands%20are%20tied. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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