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sb's hands are tied

If ​yourhands 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)
Translations of “sb's hands are tied”
in Chinese (Simplified) 受到限制,被束缚住手脚…
in Chinese (Traditional) 受到限制,受到束縛…
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