or hand wringing  (hănd′rĭng′ĭng)
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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Over these past two years, we have shined a hot lamp on the problem political handwringing, using yesterday s funding levels to solve tomorrow s challenges, expecting state and local governments to place big bets when the national government won t make long-term commitments, and applying 20th century policy to a 21st century context.
Have we forgotten, in the handwringing, conscience-ridden short-term that they give birth?
The defeat sparked much handwringing, especially back in South Africa, with the country's sports minister publicly demanding a quick response.
But this constitutional handwringing was always a distraction by a Conservative Party on the make.
Adding to the Democratic handwringing is the arc of Garcia's own political star.
The teams of Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham have called for additional scrutiny of those deemed eligible amid much handwringing over the integrity of the process.
THERE'S a growing sense of frustration and handwringing over delays in the UK's new nuclear programme - but fresh hope has emerged for a world-first Teesside project.
That has prompted handwringing among Asia-watchers in Washington.
He said "countless representations" had been made to cabinet ministers but these had been met with "dither, delay, paralysing caution and bureaucratic handwringing.
Which is why the problem isn't with other religions - but with those ditzy, handwringing liberals who are trying to eliminate this magical festive tradition - on the million-to-one chance it might offend someone.
But rather than engage in handwringing, it's time to take a closer look at the players.