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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For the rest, Lincolnshire life to Volumnia is a vast blank of overgrown house looking out upon trees, sighing, wringing their hands, bowing their heads, and casting their tears upon the window- panes in monotonous depressions.
RUGBY enthusiasts may be wringing their hands - but everyone else is clapping them.
Fretting about social media corrupting youth these days risks sounding like an earlier generation of parents wringing their hands over Elvis and the Beatles.
This city is screaming out for some kind of fast rail link from JLA to our city centre, yet these dimwits sit on their rusting steel tracks wringing their hands wondering what to do with it.
And the directors must be wringing their hands, and wondering what to do next with the tiger they have by the tail.
Needless to say who these investors will be Dodgy Dave's chums, wringing their hands with the thought of how much and how quickly they'll get their grubby little hands on it.
IT is pathetic to see Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron wringing their hands over the Care Quality Commission scandal.
And the unions, who helped him get elected as leader in the first place, must be wringing their hands.
The army top brass were wringing their hands saying, "We can't have a marine in command of our troops, even if he is a general."
"Frankly, there are an awful lot of people who said this could never happen who are now saying, wringing their hands and saying, 'Oh, why aren't you doing something?'" "Well, the fact is that for too long, frankly, we weren't as vigorous in oversight in terms of what safety measures were being taken, installed and maintained by these oil companies," he said.
WHY is it the Government and its agencies seem to go into panic mode, rocking backwards and forwards, wringing their hands and whimpering because we have one of this countries rare phenomenon - a heatwave?
Having missed this golden opportunity to show developers who was actually in charge of the city, why don't Liverpool councillors stop wringing their hands about the situation and grab this second chance to make Maghull Developments restore the de-skinned JB House?
For heaven's sake, will these eminent leaders of our faith cease wringing their hands and contemplating their navels, and get out and about and enjoy life, spread the joyous word of Christmas before all of what is left of their congregations has vanished for ever.
SOCCER rivalry on the sidelines with pushy parents and sparring dads desperate for glory - that's The Cup for you, and I'm sure it rings true for most folks wringing their hands in the stands for their youngsters.
...RISING sea levels and climate change have been predicted for decades so it is rather annoying to see politicians wringing their hands over the flooding, especially when they are usually pictured in London, which must be one of the most protected cities in the world since the construction of the Thames Flood Barrier.