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!
See also: hand, tie
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
See also: hand, tie
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He tore the dress of the countess to pieces; he tied her hands behind her, and hanged her on a tree."
He made her get upon the stool, and tied her hands to the hook.
They allegedly threatened her with a knife, tied her hands and feet with adhesive tape and gagged her.
They took her to the site, tied her hands and legs and raped her.
Talking to ANI, the victim said that her husband beat her with belt and when she fell unconscious he tied her hands to the ceiling with the help of her dupatta.
On reaching the residence, the suspect tied her hands and legs, and then set her on fire.
The Met PC, increasingly violent after taking a drug to help him quit smoking, tied her hands with rope, the Old Bailey heard.
But when she refused to oblige, the criminals tied her hands and feet with a rope and threw her into the canal with mouth gagged.
The armed men then tied her hands with domestic tape and stuffed her mouth with a piece of cloth before searching the house for valuables.
He tied her hands behind her back with flex, beat and raped her, then ransacked her house before leaving her trapped in a cupboard.
He ordered her downstairs and tied her hands together before leading her around her home, looking for money.
He wheeled her into her lounge where he put a cushion cover over her head and tied her hands behind her back and then pushed her over."
Police say the dentist forced the woman into her living room and tied her hands.
"They tied her hands with what is thought to be telephone cable.
They knocked her unconscious and tied her hands behind her back.