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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)
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