(one) only has one pair of hands

(one) only has one pair of hands

There is a limited amount of things one can do at once, so do not make unreasonable demands or have unrealistic expectations. You'll have to wait until I'm finished cooking dinner before I can come help you—I only have one pair of hands! She only has one pair of hands, so I don't know how she'll get that all done before the deadline.
See also: hand, of, one, pair

I only have one pair of hands

1. There is only a finite amount of things I can pick up, carry, or do with my hands. A: "Don't forget to carry the groceries in from the car." B: "Why don't you come out and help? I'm bringing the kids inside, and I only have one pair of hands."
2. I am too busy to take on any other work. The boss wants me to go over all the intern's work, on top of what I'm already trying to finish for Friday. I only have one pair of hands
See also: hand, have, of, one, pair
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