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 then we wring our hands and wonder, where we went wrong.
come ways us are in We wring our hands, of course, but whenever our politicians come up with measures to dry us out - hiking prices, banning happy hours, booze-only queues at superstores, raising the minimum age to 21 - we are in uproar.
But it's too easy just to point the finger at Whitehall and earnestly wring our hands.
When it comes to the water cooler or dinner table conversation, we wring our hands and get frustrated.
We can wring our hands impotently, issue empty threats or accept a difficult diplomatic road offers the best chance of success.
So until we're prepared to turn the tap on and off for ourselves, let's not wring our hands and wail in despair at the 17p or so it's costing us to have someone else do it for us.
We can wring our hands all we like at our kids' screen habits but I'm afraid the answer lies there too.
We know that simplistic proclamations about superior schools far away are incomplete at best, yet we continue to wring our hands about our inferiority.
We can all wring our hands and slam the Government and anyone else we can point a finger of blame to.
We can wring our hands in despair and condemn the sickening act that no doubt left the people of Kensington who were faced with the gruesome sight on Monday morning reeling, and I strongly believe that the people who did this will end up in jail having committed some cruel act of child abuse, but I will never be able to understand how anyone could get their kicks from stringing up animals.