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 ?
It seems very interesting, love,' said he, lifting his head and turning to where I stood, wringing my hands in silent rage and anguish; 'but it's rather long; I'll look at it some other time; and meanwhile I'll trouble you for your keys, my dear.
We are put in our place Dame Judi Dench on women's pay in the theatre I felt deliriously disconnected and unhappy Comedian Russell Brand speaking about the time of his biggest success in Hollywood I spend a lot of time wringing my hands and saying how dreadful it is, and how this forest has been obliterated and that sea has been polluted and whatever Sir David Attenborough I didn't want her eyes to fall on my perfect baby Labour MP Harriet Harman explains why she once hid in a room with her young child when she saw Margaret Thatcher approaching