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 do your dirty work for you and soil their hands where you are too proud to soil your hands.
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.
This illustrates one frustrating aspect of the book -- that without cluttering the discussion, he might have anchored his general points more effectively in a few well-chosen examples, even for the benefit of other analytic philosophers who do not normally like to soil their hands with such impurities.