bind someone hand and foot
bind (someone) hand and foot
1. Literally, to tie someone's hands and feet together. In the movie, the hero bound all the security guards hand and foot so that they couldn't sound the alarm.
2. By extension, to cause someone to feel trapped in a daunting situation. Yes, I have a degree now, but this institution has bound me hand and foot to debt that I won't be able to pay off for years.