wring (one's) hands

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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.
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wring your hands

show great distress.
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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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And all that the hopeless, hapless Home Secretary Theresa May can do is wring her hands at the European Court's disgusting support of Abu Qatada, whose family has pocketed pounds 1.5 million in benefits since he brought them here on a false passport in 1993.