on somebody's hands

on (one's) hands

Imposed upon one, especially as one's responsibility to confront or manage. I'd come and pick you up, but I've got Jane's kids on my hands this weekend. If the two countries don't stop this antagonistic back-and-forth, we could have a nuclear war on our hands!
See also: hand, on

on somebody’s ˈhands


1 (of work, etc.) to do: I’ve got a lot of work on my hands at the moment.
2 that somebody is responsible for: I’ve got the neighbour’s children on my hands this afternoon.
See also: hand, on