handwringing

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handwringing (countable and uncountable, plural handwringings)

  1. Alternative form of hand wringing
    • 2009 January 15, “UN vote provokes passion on both sides of the fence”, in Toronto Star[1]:
      Canada's decision to stand against an attempt by Cuba, China, Egypt and other egregious human rights violators to condemn Israel at a UN Human Rights Council meeting should be a matter of national pride, not national handwringing.
    • 2013, Peter McAra, A World Apart, page 14:
      For a man raised since birth to be strong, resolute, spare with words, and never to bow to the weepings and handwringings of the weaker sex, he had poured out his heart in that letter.