wring one's hands

Definition of wring one's hands

:to twist and rub one's hands together because one is nervous or upset
  • wringing her hands while waiting for her son to call

Word by Word Definitions

wring play
  1. : to squeeze or twist especially so as to make dry or to extract moisture or liquid

  2. : to extract or obtain by or as if by twisting and compressing

  3. : to twist so as to strain or sprain into a distorted shape

hand play hands
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ : the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

  2. : the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

  3. : a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. : with the hands rather than by machine

  1. : to touch or manage with the hands

  2. : furl

  3. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand


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