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English definition of “have sb over a barrel”

have sb over a barrel

informal
to put someone in a very difficult situation in which the person has no choice about what they do: She knows I need the work so she's got me over a barrel in terms of what she pays me.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of have sb over a barrel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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