with one hand tied behind (one's) back

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with one hand tied behind (one's) back

Easily, nearly without having to try at all. I'm a professional musician, so that song is hardly a challenge—I could play it with one hand tied behind my back!
See also: back, behind, hand, one, tie

with one hand tied behind one's back

 and with both hands tied behind one's back
Fig. even if under a handicap; easily. I could put an end to this argument with one hand tied behind my back. John could do this job with both hands tied behind his back.
See also: back, behind, hand, one, tie

with one hand tied behind your back

1. If you say that you can do something with one hand tied behind your back, you mean that you can do it very easily. This is a gadget so neat and nifty you can operate it with one hand tied behind your back. Thomas could manage the team with one hand tied behind his back.
2. If you have to do something with one hand tied behind your back, you have a disadvantage which makes it difficult for you to succeed. Our officers don't have enough powers. They are being asked to police our streets with one hand tied behind their back. Note: You can also say that you have to do something with your hands tied behind your back or that someone ties your hand behind your back. We'd like to open when our customers want us to and not only when the law says we can. Basically we're competing with both our hands tied behind our back. They insist they would have won if the politicians had not tied their hands behind their backs.
See also: back, behind, hand, one, tie

do something with one hand (tied) behind your back

do something easily.
See also: back, behind, hand, one, something

with one hand (tied) behind your back

1 with serious limitations or restrictions. 2 used to indicate that you could do something without any difficulty.
See also: back, behind, hand, one

with one hand tied behind your ˈback

(informal)
1 unable to use your full powers: The government has one hand tied behind its back in these negotiations.
2 very easily; with little effort: She could run the restaurant with one hand tied behind her back.
See also: back, behind, hand, one, tie
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The Indian government is forcing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to compete with one hand tied behind his back. He could still beat Ambani, but he won't be able to avoid getting bruised.
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The owner needs to find some money for the manager because he's operating with one hand tied behind his back at the moment.
Rowett is operating with one hand tied behind his back and while he is undoubtedly feeling his way in the hurly burly of the Championship recruitment process, it would be difficult to argue his loan-first, permanent-transfer-later approach has not served Birmingham well.
Oregon's star defensive end finished with eight tackles, including two for loss and a sack, despite essentially playing in the instant Pac-12 classic with one hand tied behind his back.
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But he is operating with one hand tied behind his back by Ashley.
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British director Kirk Jones' new film smacks of a director operating with one hand tied behind his back by safety-first studio suits.
President Obama, he said, "has been asked to fight the recession effectively with one hand tied behind his back" because of congressional opposition to his policies.
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A fighter with talent and bottle, he might as well have entered the ring with one hand tied behind his back after letting his mother manage his career.
Throughout that period, Carl has had to compete with clubs in the Blue Square Bet North with one hand tied behind his back, yet he continues to relish the prospect and displays the same enthusiasm for the task as he did when he made his bow away at Hednesford in early December 2005.
THE desperate financial situation has forced Sam Allardyce to work with one hand tied behind his back this summer.
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