Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “have sb over a barrel”

See all translations

have sb over a barrel

informal
to put someone in a very difficult situation in which the person has no choice about what they do: She knows I need the work so she's got me over a barrel in terms of what she pays me.
Translations of “have sb over a barrel”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使(某人)別無選擇,使(某人)聽從擺布…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使(某人)别无选择,使(某人)听从摆布…
(Definition of have sb over a barrel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More