Wring hands - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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wring (one's) hands
To display one's worries about something but not act to address it. We must not just wring our hands about this famine. We must act to help those who are starving.
wring your hands show great distress.
ˌwring your ˈhands twist and rub your hands together because you are very worried, upset or anxious: He stood there, wringing his hands in despair. ♢ It’s no use just wringing our hands — we must do something. ▶ ˈhand-wringing noun: No amount of hand-wringing can change the situation.
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It is far easier to wring hands
about the whip than it is to say we want it; we want it to be used efficiently, and we only want to have its inefficient, incompetent or brutal use curtailed.
Michael Foley Romford, Essex WHILE Western leaders dither and wring hands
, innocent people in Syria are being slaughtered by Assad's despicable regime.