Describing anxiety following huge disappointment using the word "hands" in an express

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Describing anxiety following huge disappointment using the word "hands" in an express

Hello,

I am looking for an expression in English describing a person's action with their hands, after hearing a very disappointing news. I read it once but forgot what it was.

For example, following a very disappointing and totally unexpected election results, the disappointed person would do something like this: beat their right hand against the left one, and the left against the right, alternating this action.

Is there an expression like that?

Many thanks.
 
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Re: Describing anxiety following huge disappointment using the word "hands" in an exp

It sounds like "wringing their hands" to me. It's associated with people who are very upset and/or very worried.
 

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Re: Describing anxiety following huge disappointment using the word "hands" in an exp

It sounds like "wringing their hands" to me. It's associated with people who are very upset and/or very worried.

Great! Thank you ever so much.
If there are more similar expressions, I'd appreciate posting them.
 
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