dirty (one's) hands

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dirty (one's) hands

To partake in especially underhanded, illicit, or illegal work or activities. The public can't be allowed to think that I, a senate hopeful, would ever dirty my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
See also: dirty, hand
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This new leader was to create a new situation for the land without dirtying his hands by the positions and practices that brought about the changes.
Mild-mannered Will, irrational at that moment, welcomes the thought of someone else dirtying his hands with the kind of violence which he would like to do but is restrained by his nature and social upbringing.
Bush to denounce the ads, and Bush has pointedly declined, reaping political benefit without actually dirtying his hands in the anti-Kerry campaign.
The Fuhrer's reputation rested, to a large extent, upon his ability to remain above the fray and to avoid dirtying his hands with the day-to-day affairs of state.
And he is adamant that he won't be dirtying his hands with the new single currency in the New Year.
Dirtying his hands eliminates executive/employee barriers.
Murray is a multi-millionaire businessman with a private jet and an album full of photographs with his movie star mate Sean Connery but when he wants something badly enough he doesn't mind dirtying his hands with hard work.