Definition of with one hand (tied) behind one's back in English:

with one hand (tied) behind one's back

phrase

  • With serious limitations or restrictions.

    ‘at the moment, the police are tackling record crime rates with one hand tied behind their back’
    • ‘It's sometimes tough for foreign companies to meet the ethnic quotas, so they are sometimes competing with one hand tied behind their back.’
    • ‘Here he was a successful president with one hand tied behind his back, always under assault by a hostile Congress and the nutcase right.’
    • ‘The effects of the cuts have been so severe that no matter how diligent the remaining council staff they are left with one hand tied behind their back.’
    • ‘Without this, we are trying to fight fraudsters with one hand tied behind our back.’
    • ‘Companies operate with one hand tied behind their back, lose business, cannot afford to operate and close.’
    • ‘We can compete, but we cannot do it with one hand tied behind our back.’
    • ‘They'll think we're fighting with one hand tied behind our back and potential deserters will think twice before changing sides.’
    • ‘One of the biggest issues we heard about the Viet Nam war was that our men and women were forced to fight the war with one hand tied behind their back.’
    • ‘Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand.’
    • ‘He's forcing them, the scientific community, to really go forward with these potential breakthroughs, with one hand tied behind their back.’