Definition of have one's hands full in US English:

have one's hands full

phrase

  • Have as much work as one can do.

    • ‘Thursday the new prime minister will present herself and her cabinet to the Ukrainian parliament for a vote of confidence and then the president and his prime minister and her team will have their hands full.’
    • ‘Staff on the labour and maternity wards had their hands full as 10 tiny tots arrived thick and fast following Big Ben's chimes.’
    • ‘They are a great tribute to their country and Portugal are going to have their hands full.’
    • ‘He isn't the only one to think this according to more media stories listing other Senators also thinking for themselves, so the National Compliance Committee may soon have their hands full.’
    • ‘The staff at the Matalan store in Greenbridge Retail Park will have their hands full over the next fortnight as hundreds of parents prepare their little ones for their moment of fame in the Evening Advertiser's Baby of the Year competition.’
    • ‘In other words, you have your hands full already with existing problems.’
    • ‘City and state officials, along with New York's congressional delegation, will have their hands full with making the case in Washington for generous help in rebuilding the infrastructure.’
    • ‘Even the crankiest concert-goer realizes that promoters and police have their hands full at these events, dealing with thousands of really drunk people.’
    • ‘The traffic police have their hands full in managing the crowds on this already busy thoroughfare.’
    • ‘All members of the Cleats have their hands full: new guitarist Eric Budd spent the summer jamming with his other band, the Operators, and he's spent the last month in Vancouver in engineering job-placement.’
    occupied, occupied in, engaged in, involved in, employed in, working at, labouring at, toiling at, slaving at, hard at work, hard at work on, wrapped up, wrapped up in, wrapped up with
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