worry beads

plural noun

Definition of worry beads

: a string of beads that can be fingered to keep one's hands occupied

Examples of worry beads in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These sounds eventually give way to the clock tower’s chime and the click-tick of komboloi–Greek worry beads—that elders flip languidly with their fingers. Madeleine Speed, WSJ, "Reopened, A Greek Isle Beckons amid the Pandemic," 8 July 2020 Badi said, peering through large black rectangular spectacles, his hands fiddling with a chain of worry beads. Washington Post, "He once attacked Tripoli. Now a Libyan militia leader defends it from another invader.," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of worry beads

1956, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2020

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“Worry beads.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worry%20beads. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of worry beads

: small beads on a string that people hold and move with their fingers in order to have something to do when they are nervous

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