have your hands full

Meaning: If you have your hands full, you're busy.

For example:

  • I'd love to teach you but I've got my hands full at the moment and I can't take on any more students just now.

  • Marianne has her hands full raising her kids, so she won't be working again until they're all in school.

Quick Quiz:

If Ben has his hands full at the moment, he has

a. lots to do

b. little to do

c. nothing to do

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Contributor: Matt Errey