Meaning of “sb's hands are tied” in the English Dictionary

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"sb's hands are tied" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “sb's hands are tied” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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