tie (one's) hands

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tie (one's) hands

1. Literally, to bind one at the hands, typically with rope or something similar. Tie his hands so he can't escape!
2. By extension, to prevent one from behaving or acting in a certain way. I really wish I could help you get a refund, but the company's strict returns policy has tied my hands. If the government would stop tying our hands with these burdensome regulations, our economy would actually have a chance to flourish for once!
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tie someone's hands

1. Lit. to use rope or string to tie someone's hands together. The robber tied my hands and I couldn't call the police.
2. Fig. to prevent someone from doing something. I'd like to help you, but my boss has tied my hands. Please don't tie my hands with unnecessary restrictions. I'd like the freedom to do whatever is necessary.
See also: hand, tie

tie one's hands

Prevent one from acting, as in I can't help you this time; my hands are tied by the club's rules. This metaphoric term transfers physical bondage to other kinds of constraint. It was first recorded in 1642.
See also: hand, tie

tie somebody’s ˈhands

(often used in the passive) stop somebody doing something, by taking away their power or freedom: Employers now have the right to dismiss workers who go on strike and this has tied the unions’ hands considerably.I’m afraid my hands are tied. I can’t allow anyone to bring visitors into the club. It’s against the rules. OPPOSITE: get, have, etc. a free hand
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She fought back when three men dressed in black and wearing balaclavas broke into her house, but they wrestled her to the ground, tying her hands and feet.
Dubai A Pakistani driver has been accused of gagging his manager with her sari and tying her hands while he raped her in an office.
He denied tying her hands behind her back, stripping her and throwing her on a bed before forcing her to have sex and to perform a sex act on him.
On one occasion Barwell superglued his victim's eyes together and in another raped a 26-year-old before putting a bag over her head, tying her hands and feet together and dumping her in a freezing canal, watching as she struggled free.