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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There is no doubt that, while the UK Government continue to ignore the evidence of the harm they are causing through their pursuit of welfare changes, we are fighting with one hand tied behind our back.
"Meeting our aims will be challenging and it will seem like we are fighting with one hand tied behind our back while austerity and welfare cuts continue.
New York (USAsian Network Business & Industry News) Fri, Feb 28, 2014 - Alan Joyce, the Irish-born executive, 47, promoted from Qantas's low-cost Jetstar unit seven years ago, likes to say that the struggling carrier is fighting lavishly funded competitors "with one hand tied behind our back", citing the foreign funds provided to Virgin Australia and others.
He added: "We have played with one hand tied behind our back with what we have got this season.
Jones told a popular news channel on Sunday: "We can't fight with one hand tied behind our back. We're going to take a look at trying to make sure that we correct those things we can correct.
His plea was rejected by White House National Security Advisor James Jones, who said the United States could not be expected to fight "with one hand tied behind our back."
But a CSA insider said last night: "We've been fighting with one hand tied behind our back.
FIGHTING terrorism with one hand tied behind our backs is naive and dangerous.
On the home front, Dershowitz says we can do "far more than they ate actually doing, even if law and morality require us to fight terrorism with one hand tied behind our backs." One thing we can do is torture.
During a laparotomy, we would never operate with one hand tied behind our backs, but during a laparoscopy we frequently do.
"But as long as the Tory Government in Westminster persists with such damaging, callous welfare policies, Scotland will be tackling poverty with one hand tied behind our backs."
Siptu chief Michael Halpenny said: "We are not willing to negotiate with one hand tied behind our backs."
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