have clean hands

have clean hands

Fig. to be guiltless. (As if a guilty person would have dirty or bloody hands.) Don't look at me. I have clean hands. The police took him in, but let him go after questioning because he had clean hands.
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have clean hands (or keep your hands clean)

be uninvolved and blameless with regard to an immoral act.
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have clean ˈhands

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your hands are ˈclean

not be responsible for crime, dishonesty, etc: After years of corrupt government, we want politicians with clean hands.
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This year's campaign really emphasises this and aims to make everybody aware of how important it is to have clean hands.