This idiom is used primarily in business situations.
“He said he wanted to approve my vacation time, but his hands were tied by the budget cuts made to our department.”
“We’d like to renegotiate your contract, but our hands are tied by a new policy that was released recently.”
“I know I promised to give you a salary increase, but after my meeting with the controller this morning, my hands are tied.”
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