One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Clasp and twist one's hands together as a gesture of great distress, especially when one is powerless to change the situation.
- ‘She wrung her hands together while she nervously scanned the room for Devin.’
- ‘She wrung her own tiny hands, peering up and down the street for any more sign of the shiny officers.’
- ‘This needs real leadership from the international community to avoid a situation where everyone's just wringing their hands and watching the situation get worse and worse.’
- ‘Most of the passengers had moved as far away from him as possible and one lady kept glancing at him and wringing her hands together.’
- ‘Angelos glimpsed at Evelyn, who was suddenly looking nervous as she wrung her hands together and intently stared at the yellowing linoleum flooring.’
- ‘I wrung my hands together and buried my face into my hands.’
- ‘He was on the verge of tears, and he wrung his hands together worriedly.’
- ‘Bernie wrung his hands together nervously as he sat at Duncan's desk.’
- ‘Still, I'm perfectly willing to spend the first few days of the month wringing my hands over the situation.’
- ‘She wrung her hands together as she struggled with how to announce the news.’
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