with one arm tied behind (one's) back

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with one arm tied behind (one's) back

Easily or effortlessly; having no difficulty or resistance (while doing something). Are you kidding? Montgomery is a powerhouse boxer—he'd knock that kid out with one arm tied behind his back! Oh, please, I could beat you in a game of chess with one arm tied behind my back.
See also: arm, back, behind, one, tie

with one arm tied behind one's back

Also, with one hand; with one's eyes closed. Very easily, as in I can assemble that chair with one arm tied behind my back, or I could make a better dinner with one hand, or He can do that puzzle with his eyes closed. All these phrases are hyperbolic. Also see do blindfolded.
See also: arm, back, behind, one, tie
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Ofsted chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman embarrassingly admitted to the Public Accounts Committee that her department lacks appropriate powers to seize evidence, and as a consequence of this is "tackling the issue with one arm tied behind our back".
The Trade Secretary will say the move would leave us "negotiating with one arm tied behind our back" because Brussels would decide on trade deals.
We can't do that with one arm tied behind our back.
"By using only cattle-to-cattle control measures, without being able to control TB infected wildlife, we have been effectively fighting a losing battle with one arm tied behind our back.
We're not even opposed to corn-based ethanol, but we are opposed to competing in the market with one arm tied behind our back, competing in a world where the use of ethanol is mandated and corn-based ethanol is subsidized," newly elected National Pork Producer Council president Don Butler told reporters at the conference.
If that all suddenly disappeared, we'd be back to square one, having to start all over again." Working without the intranet, he says, "would be like fighting with one arm tied behind our back."
Speaking about their rival's use of American expertise, a spokesman for Fine Gael said: "We're certainly not going to go into the general election with one arm tied behind our back."
"They are hurting the Taliban but unfortunately at the moment we are fighting with one arm tied behind our back," the commander said.
But while we are using a different currency from the rest of Europe we are trading in this market with one arm tied behind our back.
Betting is a global business: those of us working in Ireland have to compete with one arm tied behind our backs, yet Mr McCarthy's proposition would lead to Irish independent bookmakers having both hands tied behind our backs.
But that is not within the powers of the National Assembly, so we are fighting with one arm tied behind our backs.
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