Definition of “have sb over a barrel” - English Dictionary


“have sb over a barrel” in English

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have sb over a barrel


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.

(Definition of “have sb over a barrel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)