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According to Ulrich, wringing hands is a reaction people often have if they're in front of an audience or nervous.
Instead of wringing hands and moaning that the situation is bad, the New York mayor has made the health of the citizens his responsibility.
Instead of wringing hands in trepidation, presumably.
Here are a few striking passages that explain the wringing hands at the European Parliament:
Though she stood in one place beside the conductor's stand, her swaying body and wringing hands hinted at her abilities to portray numerous characters.
There can be no time spent wringing hands and complaining about our lot.