be wringing (one's) hands(redirected from are wringing their hands)
be wringing (one's) hands
To display one's worries about something but not act to address it. Why are you wringing your hands about this? It's really not a big deal.
be wringing your hands
COMMON If someone is wringing their hands, they are expressing sadness or regret about a bad situation, but are not taking any action to deal with it. He accused the Government of wringing its hands and doing nothing as the country's jobless figures increased. Note: When someone behaves like this, you can call it hand-wringing or wringing of hands. Condolences and hand-wringing are not enough. I expect there'll be shock, horror and wringing of hands. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: If you wring something, you squeeze or twist it.