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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.
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handwringer, noun
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  • Public handwringing is already evident in the case of teenagers indulging in cosmetic surgery.
  • It also plays in to much of the handwringing we've seen over gentrification in the cities.

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