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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Wringing our hands over Syria is a fruitless exercise.
These experiments will happen, because many of us are not clinging to rigid notions of what it is to be human." In an e-mail, Justin Cody urged researchers to proceed with caution when tinkering with egg and sperm cells, but added, "we should be promoting the future of the species aggressively and wringing our hands a lot less."
Penny-pinching and wringing our hands about the cost will merely perpetuate the current inadequate body which, as others have pointed out, is smaller than many a county council.
Rather than wringing our hands about whether the next commission should be pragmatic or philosophical, consensus seekers or "deep engagers," maybe it's time to ask whether, after three decades of national commissions, the need for bioethics advice has matured to the point where we are prepared to establish standing commissions that span administrations; or to give commissions authority to adjudicate on issues, argue for them, or compel replies to them by affected agencies.
I'll remember that next time there's crowd trouble somewhere on the continent and we're all wringing our hands about the evils of modern sport.
Instead of wringing our hands or dishing out more asbos, the community and local agencies must now redouble our efforts to address the issues underlying this act of vandalism, particularly poverty.
Instead of wringing our hands or rejoicing in the popularity of a few TV shows, we should all be out there, reminding relatives, friends, and coworkers that we're still here; we haven't changed.
We are moved by the plight of the poor homeless, but the enormity of the problem leads us to run in place, slowly and maybe wringing our hands.