Meaning of “have sth on your hands” in the English Dictionary

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"have sth on your hands" in British English

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have sth on your hands

If you have a difficult situation on your hands, you have to deal with it:

If the police carry on like this they'll have a riot on their hands.
She has a battle on her hands if she wants the organization to change.

to be to blame for something:

We have the blood of these people on our hands (= we are responsible for their death or injury).
His death is on the government's hands.

(Definition of “have sth on your hands” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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