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handwringing

or hand-wring·ing, hand wring·ing

[hand-ring-ing]
noun
  1. a physical expression of concern, distress, or guilt.
  2. the nervous grasping or squeezing of the hands as a sign of these feelings.
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Related formshand·wring·er, noun
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hand-wringing

noun
  1. informal an extended debate over the correct course of action in a situation
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