Definition of worry beads in English:

worry beads

plural noun

  • A string of beads that one fingers and moves in order to calm oneself.

    • ‘No wonder Wall Street and others are furiously working the worry beads.’
    • ‘‘People smoke or fiddle with prayer or worry beads in their leisure time,’ said Huffman.’
    • ‘As I leave, I am serenaded by the joyful singing of two young museum guards as they nonchalantly clack their worry beads.’
    • ‘Another fresco shows a swarthy figure with topknot and worry beads.’
    • ‘‘Whether it was targeted or not, I can't answer,’ he says, slowly rotating his worry beads.’
    • ‘Holding a pair of black worry beads in one hand, clutching the stair railing with the other, he made a strikingly archaic and authoritative figure.’
    • ‘Children, mainly boys, sit on their fathers' laps; men smoke an Arab water pipe, finger worry beads and chat with one another.’
    • ‘Also we carry a range of Greek books, souvenirs, worry beads, everything we can that reminds us of Greece.’
    • ‘He goes nowhere without wooden worry beads, and his hobbies include mental arithmetic.’
    • ‘Combs, razor blades, mirrors, knives, belts, worry beads: everything was taken from the prisoners but the clothes they stood up in.’
    • ‘At this point, all you can do is buy some worry beads and wait it out.’
    • ‘I walked in the company of bearded, cassocked monks, then a pair of elderly pilgrims whose fingers flicked worry beads in hands clasped behind their backs.’
    • ‘Many foreign-born men of all ages are fond of carrying worry beads, which they unconsciously run through their fingers while engaging in conversation or while walking.’
    • ‘Dressed in a pink top and glasses, she sat impassively yesterday in the dock as she was sentenced, fingering worry beads around her neck.’
    • ‘I don't know anyone who doesn't think it could get bad, fast, tomorrow - but the last few days it's seemed as if people are no longer obsessively fingering worry beads.’
    • ‘Spiralling equity release figures are also triggering the clacking of the worry beads.’
    • ‘His fingers threaded a string of ornate black worry beads, common in the Arab world.’
    • ‘Old men walked in groups to the mosque, massaging pretty worry beads in their hands.’
    • ‘Secular worry beads are still evident in the East and have been since ancient times, yet in the West they acquired a more spiritual function.’
    • ‘For those nail-biting penalty shoot-outs they could find relief with a string of red-and-white worry beads.’

Pronunciation:

worry beads

/ˈwərē bēdz/