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.
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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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The philosophical split that you wring your hands over began when the liberal Democrats defeated Judge Robert Bork's nomination for the United States Supreme Court in 1987.
Life is too short to wring your hands over every little issue that comes across your desk.