Значение идиомы tie one’s hands

[tie one’s hands] {v. phr.} To make unable to doanything. – Usually used in the passive.

Since Mary would not tellher mother what was bothering her, her mother’s hands were tied.

Charles wanted to help John get elected president of the class, buthis promise to another boy tied his hands.

Father hoped Jim wouldnot quit school, but his hands were tied; Jim was old enough to quitif he wanted to.

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