What does tied to someone mean

someone's hands are tied (German)

Part of speech: idiom

Hyphenation:
each | one | he | he | she | the hands are tied
Pronunciation / Stress:
IPA: [ˈJeːmandəm zɪnt diː ˈhɛndə ɡəˈbʊndn̩]
Word meaning / definition:
1) being prevented from acting, having no (permissible / justifiable) opportunity to exert influence, being unable to do anything
Synonyms:
someone's hands and feet are tied
Opposite words:
Idioms that express the opposite:
  • something is in someone's hand
  • something is in someone's hand
Application examples:
1) In this decision her hands are tied.

Translations

  • Dutch: 1) iemandshanden zijn tied
  • Swedish: 1) någons händer ar bundna, sitta med bakbundna händer

Dictionary entries

Entries from our dictionary that contain "someone's hands are tied":

hand: ... give someone a free hand to work into someone else's hands, someone's hands are tied, someone's hands and feet are tied, someone slips ...

ręka:… Ręce - have long fingers 1) mieć ręce i nogi - have hands and feet 1) mieć związane ręce - someone's hands are tied 1) nosić kogoś na rękach - someone to carry ...

mieć:… Having a dog and a foot 3) mieć zły dzień - having a bad day 3) mieć związane ręce - someone's hands are tied mieć do czynienia z kimś / czymś - with someone / something to ...

med bakbundna hand:… Men idag sitter vi med bakbundna handler. We'd love to act, but our hands are tied today. German translations: 1) someone's hands are ...

binda någons hand: deprive someone of their freedom of action and movement; någon har händera bundna: someone's hands are tied; literally: "to tie someone's hands" Origin of the term: "hand" is the "hand"


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