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.
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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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People need to feel reassured because at the moment we have no doubt that the police are operating with one arm tied behind their back.
"The season ended with a fight and so we knew they were going to have to begin the next season with one arm tied behind their back in the first game.
These problems won't be easily addressed by governments with one arm tied behind their back from legislative congestion.
Sometimes, they work with one arm tied behind their back.
The manager took up golf in the summer and was having a few lessons from Oggy when we were on tour in Switzerland but I am sure most of the lads could beat him with one arm tied behind their back.
However, it seems clear to me that often our police have to work with one arm tied behind their back - restricted by the paperwork and general bureaucracy that has been piled upon them by endless tinkering by this government.
We cannot afford to leave the police to tackle 'untouchables' with one arm tied behind their back - and that goes for little yobs too.
However, it seems clear to me that often our police have to work with one arm tied behind their back, restricted by the paperwork and general bureaucracy that has been piled upon them by endless tinkering by this Labour Government.
"The first person to reach the Pole with one arm tied behind their back and wearing underpants?
Lord Heseltine said many of the current mayors were working "with one arm tied behind their backs" due to the imbalance of power.
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