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worry beads

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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. a string of beads manipulated to relieve worry and tension.

Origin of worry beads

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for worry beads

worry beads

pl n
  1. a string of beads that when fingered or played with supposedly relieves nervous tension
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