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hands are tied, one's

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hands are tied, one's

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One is unable to act: I'd like to help, but my hands are tied (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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