Wring your hands - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
wring your hands
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.
References in periodicals archive
You politicians wring your hands
about the plight of all and sundry in other lands.
DON'T wring your hands
if you are unhappy with the election result - according to "world-renowned psychic" Victoria Bullis you should be cursing the heavens instead.
"Life is too short to wring your hands
over every little issue that comes across your desk.
So, Coventry City Council wake up and do something and don't just wring your hands