throw hands up in horror
throw (one's) hands up in horror
To make a gesture physically indicating one's shock, horror, and disbelief (about something). We threw our hands up in horror after the CEO told us that our funding had been cut again. She threw her hands up in horror when she realized the file she'd been working on hadn't saved properly.
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throw one's hands up in horror
Fig. to be shocked and horrified. When Bill heard the bad news, he threw his hands up in horror. I could do no more. I had seen more than I could stand. I just threw up my hands in horror and screamed.
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