- 束手无策 [shù shǒu wú cè]
- be at a loss what to do; be at the end of one's rope; can do nothing but nailbiting; can do nothing to help...; feel quite helpless; find [stick] oneself in the mire; fold one's hands helplessly; fold one's hands without knowing what to do; have no more arrows left in one's quiver; no way out; at one's wits' end; without resources [expedients]; wring one's hands in dismay; up a stump:
He stood helplessly, like a lost soul. 他束手无策地站着，活像丢魂失魄似的。
He is at the end of his resources, too. Don't count on him for help. 他也束手无策，别指望他帮助啦。
His wife can do nothing about his monkey business at the pub.
No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish.
He stood there watching with puzzled despair.