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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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Carol, don't stand there wringing your hands - or wringing out your socks.
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All you bleeding hearts wringing your hands over mistreatment of those terrorists in prison in the Guantanamo Bay camp, put your sympathy where it will do some good.
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