handwringing

or hand-wring·ing, hand wring·ing

[ hand-ring-ing ]
/ ˈhændˌrɪŋ ɪŋ /

noun

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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OTHER WORDS FROM handwringing

handwringer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for handwringing

hand-wringing

noun

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