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English definition of “sb's hands are tied”

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sb's hands are tied

If your hands are tied, you are not free to behave in the way that you would like: I'd like to raise people's salaries but my hands are tied.
Translations of “sb's hands are tied”
in Chinese (Traditional) 受到限制,受到束縛…
in Chinese (Simplified) 受到限制,被束缚住手脚…
(Definition of sb's hands are tied from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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