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English definition of “sb's hands are tied”

sb's hands are tied

If someone's hands are tied, they are not free to behave in the way that they would like: I'd like to raise people's salaries but my hands are tied.Lack of freedom to act
(Definition of sb's hands are tied from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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