handwringing

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hand·wring·ing

or hand wringing  (hănd′rĭng′ĭng)
n.
1. Clasping and squeezing of the hands, often in distress.
2. An excessive expression of distress: handwringing by some experts over the state of the economy.

hand′wring′er, hand wringer n.
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Laundry was done by filling washtubs with hot water and operating an attached hand wringer followed by hanging the clothes outdoors on a clothesline to dry.
So it's the Ayatollah versus the old hand wringer himself.
Her overpowering wish that Bogan had been more productive, less troubled, is that of a hand wringer at the graveside.
After her husband Andrew's death in 1961, she didn't change a thing, continuing to wash clothes in the basement using a washtub and hand wringer.
As recently as 40 years ago, women slaved away at the kitchen sink with only a hand wringer to help cut down on the drips.
In fact, even if today's hand wringers would call it slavery, the truth of the matter is our young players would benefit enormously if the system was reintroduced to our game.
Lots of hand wringers complained that Brazil was not up to task of hosting such a big event as the World Cup, but they have been proven wrong.
a Gallup expert on the Chinese economy, says the country is becoming more comfortable with slow growth -- and maybe the world's hand wringers should too.
The report was immediately picked up by talk radio, by British newspapers, by New York tabloids, and (pre-emptively, one assumes) by media ethics hand wringers such as Editor & Publisher.
No wonder, with this bunch of hand wringers absolving them from blame for anything, that we have created sizeable numbers who believe they're entitled to every expensive goodie going.