To be bound hand and foot/to have no choice in the matter

mbelles

Senior Member
Español, Argentina
Hi, I wanted to know if these two expressions can be used interchangeably:

"I told him about the situation, but he was bound hand and foot"

"I told him about the situation, but he had no choice in the matter"

Thank you!
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    "I told him about the situation, but he was bound hand and foot":cross: I've newer heard this apparent metaphor and would have no idea what you were trying to say. (AE)

    "I told him about the situation, but he had no choice in the matter":tick:
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I’ve never heard “bound hand and foot” used that way either.

    But there is a similar expression, meaning to be unable to do something (typically because of “red tape”):

    He would have liked to help, but his hands were tied.​
     
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