soil (one's) hands

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soil (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 soil my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
See also: hand, soil
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Previously the commercial heartland of the old city, it rapidly became the refuge of an ever ageing unappreciated craft group that had educated their children out of their wits and who would never soil their hands on father's trade.
They must choose qualified people of wisdom and reason that do not soil their hands with wickedness and killing.
The Mr Bigs keep clear of involvement in actual crime, leaving it to others to soil their hands.