: a string of beads that can be fingered to keep one's hands occupied
Examples of worry beads in a Sentence
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Rich Miller, Fortune, 4 June 2022 Konstantinos Varelas twisted a string of blue komboloi — Greek worry beads — outside his family’s restaurant on Main Street in El Monte.
Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2020 From his left hand, below a fat gold watch, purple worry beads protrude through his knuckles.
Alexander Clapp, The New Republic, 28 Sep. 2020 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, 8 July 2020 Badi said, peering through large black rectangular spectacles, his hands fiddling with a chain of worry beads.
Washington Post, 20 July 2019
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