have (one's) hands full

have (one's) hands full

To be busy with someone or something. I have my hands full with all these meetings today, so can I call you back tomorrow?
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have one's hands full (with someone or something)

Fig. to be busy or totally occupied with someone or something. I have my hands full with my three children. You have your hands full with managing the store.
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have one's hands full

Be extremely busy, as in With the new baby she really has her hands full. [Second half of 1400s]
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have your hands full

COMMON If you have your hands full, you are very busy. She's doing fine. Got her hands full with the kids, of course. The federal government will obviously have its hands full trying to enforce environmental laws while keeping residents happy. Note: You can also say that someone's hands are full. He's managing all three projects so his hands are full. Note: You often use these expressions to show that someone has many responsibilities or jobs, and does not have enough time for any more.
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have your ˈhands full

be very busy: I’ve got my hands full looking after four children.You look as if you’ve got your hands full today. Would you like me to help you? OPPOSITE: have time on your hands
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