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05 / 05 / 2006

BODY EXPRESSIONS WITH HAND (4): meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we will finish our series of Daily Vitamins with expressions that use the word hand.

Today's Expression is: to have your hands tied

It means: when you cannot do what you want because something, such as a rule or law or the situation, prevents it.

Example 1
Alice: You have to begin looking for my husband! He didn't come home last night!
Police Officer: I'm sorry; my hands are tied. We can't consider him a missing person until he has been missing for 24 hours.

Example 2
John: Jason. We have to get the computer system back online immediately! What are you waiting for?
Jason: My hands are tied. The new software hasn't arrived yet. There is nothing I can do!

There are dozens more of these expressions with hand: first-second-third hand, to play your hand, out of hand, to have your hands full, etc. Our objective this week has only been to introduce you to some of them. We will return to hand expressions sometime soon, in the meantime check your dictionary for more information.

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Have a great day and a very relaxing weekend. Oh...and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!