worry beads

plural noun

Definition of worry beads 

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

First Known Use of worry beads

1956, in the meaning defined above

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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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