follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

handwringing

[hand-ring-ing] /ˈhændˌrɪŋ ɪŋ/
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.
Also, hand-wringing, hand wringing.
Related forms
handwringer, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for hand-wringing

hand-wringing

noun
1.
(informal) an extended debate over the correct course of action in a situation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for hand-wringing

hand-wringing

noun

An ostentatious show of grief, remorse, etc: hand-wringing on the part of the press (1603+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for handwringing

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hand

8
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hand-wringing