- 束手待毙 [shù shǒu dài bì]
- fold one's hands and await [wait for] death; await destruction in a resigned manner; fold one's hands and wait to be slain; give oneself up; helpless, waiting for the end; in an utterly helpless condition; resign oneself to extinction; resign oneself to fate [death]; wait for death with tied hands; wait helplessly for death; waiting for death with hands bound up -- having no resource:
We shall simply be resigning ourselves to extinction unless we carry on the four modernizations. 如果不搞四个现代化，我们就只有束手待毙。
The city was under siege. How could they helplessly wait for death?