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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It's all very well for Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, left, to wring his hands - in the run-up to the election - over their greed.
The only faults I could find with his performance when he was talking to his 'owner' George W at the G8 summit were the failure to wring his hands and continually stress his 'umbleness
Cooley is planning to wring his hands over the buffoonery of Belmont but will decline to prosecute a single miscreant.
It's a measure of West's importance to the Lakers - of his godlike stature in Los Angeles and the basketball world - that Lakers owner Jerry Buss allowed him to wring his hands and leave the franchise hanging for so long.