sb's hands are tied Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

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

"sb's hands are tied" in British English

See all translations

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…
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

parade

a large number of people walking or in vehicles, all going in the same direction, usually as part of a public celebration of something

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More