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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References in classic literature ?
"What's the meaning of this, of the Esmeralda?" said Gringoire, wringing his hands in despair.
But Business Secretary Vince Cable, a Liberal Democrat, should stop wringing his hands and complaining.
THE great late Henry Cooper would have been wringing his hands in disbelief if he had have been around to witness the socalled big fight with the unbeatable Haye, who was going to rip his opponent to shreds.
We are now treated to Clr Mehboob Khan wringing his hands about budget reductions when what he should be doing is seeing that scarce funds are spent on essentials and not fripperies.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, however, told reporters Jindal shouldn't be "wringing his hands" over the federal response in Louisiana.
HOME Secretary David Blunkett has been wringing his hands over the menace of the 'untouchable' 10 and 11-year-olds who, despite committing a string of crimes, have to be allowed back on to the streets because the courts have no powers to hold them.
God doesn't sit in Heaven, wringing His hands and saying, "Oh, what'll I do?
Wringing his hands in dismay in the dark, Aladdin finds that he can summon up powerful jinn, or genies, by rubbing the ring.
Wringing his hands in despair, Aladdin accidentally rubs the lamp and learns of its magic power as two genii appear to do his bidding.