Wrung his hands - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
wring your hands show great distress.
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.
References in classic literature
he almost shrieked, as he wrung his hands
, 'won't anybody give me comfort
But as Barkley wrung his hands
and others hailed the progress, perhaps Lakers coach Del Harris had the best perspective on the news.