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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Hand wringing by politicians and the professional leadership creates frustration.
An inquiry will be held, hand wringing and the shifting of blame/ negligence will be implemented by the aformentioned authorities.
WHY all the hand wringing because Prime Minister David Cameron says we should publicise Christianity more in this county?
THE constant hand wringing over metal theft is both tedious and pathetic.
Hand wringing and tears are no substitute for competent government and sadly we have had little of the latter.
We, the council taxpayer, cannot continue paying to keep both the Assembly and local councils going; there has been much hand wringing about the settlements from the Assembly and local councils are in the throes of setting council tax levels.
No amount of hand wringing from those who hold up their hands in horror at the thought of a thug being given a taste of his own treatment can have any hope of remedying this stigma of our present-day society.
Of course, such hand wringing is often an inviting target.
After much soul searching and hand wringing over ho would be honored as the 2006 Skater of the Year, we had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity.
EPA by INDA and SMART (the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association) noted that hand wringing of soiled wipes should be a Federal requirement for a host of legal, environmental and public policy reasons, and INDA urged the Agency to adopt a hand wringing standard in the final version of the rule.
John launches into a tirade against the crowds who seek to be baptized, going right to the heart of their self-righteousness when he calls them "offspring/brood of vipers." John continues attacking their heritage as he mocks their proud phrase, "We have Abraham as our father/ancestor," and points out that "even now the ax is lying at the root of [their family] tree." What the Lord seeks is "good fruit," not simply pious prayers and hand wringing. The turning point in the text comes with the crowd's response: "What then should we do?" This is appropriate, for, as Luther said, "to do it no more is the truest repentance." Their question was really, "What then are fruits which are worthy of repentance?" John tells them.
They do a particularly good job of balancing the good points with the bad in their assessment of new opportunities and pitfalls, and their opening chapter on why news matters is a timely reminder of why their business is worth all this hand wringing. Their concluding thoughts on the future of news provide little that is definitive.