with one hand tied behind your back

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 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

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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Relying just on monetary policy to keep the economy on track is like trying to stay afloat in a storm with one hand tied behind your back.
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You can't meet clients' needs with one hand tied behind your back," Williamson said, referring to the complex maze of regulations with which CPAs must cope to serve clients in more than one state.
But given the restrictions, he added, "it's like doing science with one hand tied behind your back.
When you are battling with one hand tied behind your back - as perhaps Irvine is - it is a different matter.
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