get hands dirty


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Related to get hands dirty: hands are tied, scratched the surface, hands are full

get your hands dirty

also dirty your hands
to involve yourself in doing work that is basic to something Erin likes to get her hands dirty by altering the computer code to make it run the way she wants it to. She'll organize the event, but she doesn't like to get her hands dirty by selling tickets.
Opposite of: keep your hands clean
See also: dirty, get, hand

get your hands dirty

  (informal)
to involve yourself in all parts of a job, including the parts that are unpleasant, or involve hard, practical work Unlike other bosses, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty and the men like that in him.
See also: dirty, get, hand