What is meant by 'my hands are tied' in the sense a person feels like they no options

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A person says they have no other alternatives, and that there hands are tied. So that is why they had to do a certain thing.

Even though someone else says it was a 'choice'. The other person says 'it was not a choice, the best way to explain is that my hands are tied'
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It just means their hands were tied I guess? You're anon. There's no need to overly cryptic like that.
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They could do nothing about it
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Well they are unable to do anything about it... and it's someone (or thing) else's fault (because you can't tie your own hands together)
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Well they are unable to do anything about it... and it's someone (or thing) else's fault (because you can't tie your own hands together)
Aahh!!! That makes sense. Thank you.
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They’re being used as a sex slave in a basement somewhere.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
A person says they have no other alternatives, and that there hands are tied. So that is why they had to do a certain thing.

Even though someone else says it was a 'choice'. The other person says 'it was not a choice, the best way to explain is that my hands are tied'
Someone having their hands tied usually means that they have 2+ actions they could choose, but all actions will cause someone to be hurt/upset. For example, if 2 different friends (who don't get on with each other) invited you to dinner on the same day at the same time, you are going to have to disappoint one of them.

There is a choice, but having your hands tied means that you acknowledge that someone will be hurt by whichever choice you make.
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It means they have not control over the situation and have no real option/solution. Hope that helps.
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