worry beads
noun plural Date: 1956 a string of beads that can be fingered to keep one's hands occupied

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • worry beads — n [plural] a set of ↑beads on a string that you move about in order to keep yourself calm …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • worry beads — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a string of beads that one fingers so as to calm oneself …   English terms dictionary

  • worry beads — n. a string of smooth beads designed to be handled or stroked, as to relieve anxiety or nervousness: popular esp. in the Near East …   English World dictionary

  • worry beads — worry ,beads noun plural small round pieces of glass, plastic, etc. on a string that people touch and move in order to feel more relaxed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • worry beads — noun plural Etymology: so called from the belief that the fingering releases nervous tension : a string of beads to be fingered so as to keep one s hands occupied * * * noun [plural] : small beads on a string that people hold and move with their… …   Useful english dictionary

  • worry beads — wor′ry beads n. pl. jew a string of beads manipulated to relieve worry and tension • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • worry beads — a string of beads manipulated to relieve worry and tension. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • worry beads — plural noun a string of beads that one fingers so as to calm oneself …   English new terms dictionary

  • worry beads — /ˈwʌri bidz/ (say wuree beedz) plural noun a set of beads fingered to allay nervousness or tension …   Australian English dictionary

  • worry beads — noun (plural) small stones or wooden balls on a string that you move and turn in order to keep yourself calm …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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