One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A string of beads that one fingers and moves in order to calm oneself.
- ‘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.’
- ‘He goes nowhere without wooden worry beads, and his hobbies include mental arithmetic.’
- ‘His fingers threaded a string of ornate black worry beads, common in the Arab world.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Another fresco shows a swarthy figure with topknot and worry beads.’
- ‘Spiralling equity release figures are also triggering the clacking of the worry beads.’
- ‘No wonder Wall Street and others are furiously working the worry beads.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As I leave, I am serenaded by the joyful singing of two young museum guards as they nonchalantly clack their worry beads.’
- ‘‘Whether it was targeted or not, I can't answer,’ he says, slowly rotating his worry beads.’
- ‘Dressed in a pink top and glasses, she sat impassively yesterday in the dock as she was sentenced, fingering worry beads around her neck.’
- ‘Children, mainly boys, sit on their fathers' laps; men smoke an Arab water pipe, finger worry beads and chat with one another.’
- ‘‘People smoke or fiddle with prayer or worry beads in their leisure time,’ said Huffman.’
- ‘For those nail-biting penalty shoot-outs they could find relief with a string of red-and-white worry beads.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Also we carry a range of Greek books, souvenirs, worry beads, everything we can that reminds us of Greece.’
- ‘Old men walked in groups to the mosque, massaging pretty worry beads in their hands.’
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