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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It would be one in the eye for all those Labour politicians who soiled their hands campaigning with the Tories for a No vote.
Far to the left of today's shambolic New/Old Labour Party, who still seem to be committed to their old habit of fratricide (cheer up David, it's not just you that brother Ed has his knife into), the LibDems peddle an outdated ideology which would have suited the tastes of at least two middle class white Victorian men who also never soiled their hands with honest toil: step forward Messrs Marx and Engels.
Telly luvvies, who previously wouldn't have soiled their hands with sordid trade or been seen dead in a ditch with an entrepreneur, were supplying Alan Sugar with apprentices and furnishing the Dragons with their Den.
Among the major players alleged to have soiled their hands is Jean-Christophe Mitterand, the eldest son of the former Socialist president, Francois Mitterrand.