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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When he had emptied his pockets, La Folle patted his round red cheek, wiped his soiled hands on her apron, and smoothed his hair.
The little body lay upon one side, with one soiled cheek upon one soiled hand, the other hand tucked away among the rags to make it warm, the other cheek washed clean and white at last, as for a kiss from one of God's great angels.
With that advice, he wiped his soiled hand upon the joker's dress, such as it was--quite deliberately, as having dirtied the hand on his account; and then recrossed the road and entered the wine-shop.
Nurses aware Nurses were found to be more aware about issues like which method is recommended in case of soiled hands, the best method for hand hygiene and the like.
He got the workers to press their factory soiled hands onto paper to make lithographs.
coli or Cryptosporidium, which are associated with animal contact, from soiled hands.
Rivers, muddy and malicious, Come together with their soiled hands.
Soiled hands keep the crime alive to serve its interests, and bury it when such interests are not there.
Research shows that most public-stall users dread touching where others' soiled hands may have rested.
IT is sickening to see that this monster is having his soiled hands near anything a child will touch.
It is said that none of them has soiled hands by the end of the day, and some are said to don white coats in local hospitals and pass themselves off as nurses and even doctors.
In the meantime, thin shards of leftover gems are scattered up and down the mountainside--too small for mining companies to bother with but valuable nonetheless--and soiled hands keep digging for their tiny slice of Colombia's green gold.
In the current diplomatic wrangle, for instance, both France and Germany have thoroughly soiled hands from their dealings with vile dictators in the postwar era, including Mr.