or hand-wring·ing, hand wring·ing
- a physical expression of concern, distress, or guilt.
- the nervous grasping or squeezing of the hands as a sign of these feelings.
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Examples from the Web for hand-wringing
It would be welcome relief from letting Republican hand-wringing ambivalence drive the immigration debate.Obama Could Legally Stop Immigrant Deportations
February 11, 2014
Apparently, despite all the hand-wringing, it still pays to make things in America.U.S. Car Sales Roar in August
September 4, 2013
Leftists have done a lot of hand-wringing in recent days, decrying the emergence of an all-powerful rightist coalition.What Will Israel's Government Look Like?
Brent E. Sasley
January 22, 2013
My initial reaction to this sort of hand-wringing is that it is disingenuous.Daily Beast Debate: Should the Media Leave Grieving Newtown Alone?
The Daily Beast
December 20, 2012
And so now the hand-wringing, second-guessing, and soul-searching begins.GOP Rank and File May Block Leaders’ Plans to Win Latinos With Reform
November 12, 2012
And how he puts up with that hand-wringing ready-to-cry wife!The Vanishing of Betty Varian
The former was in a helpless state of tears and hand-wringing.Simon the Jester
William J. Locke
Then after a lot of song-singing and hand-wringing we all went home, tears in every eye and smiles on every mouth.Colonel Crockett's Co-operative Christmas
- informal an extended debate over the correct course of action in a situation
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