wash your hands of something/someone

wash your hands of something/someone

COMMON If you wash your hands of a problem or a person who causes problems, you refuse to be involved with them or to take responsibility for them any longer. `If Charles was my patient I would wash my hands of him,' said specialist Dr George Raine. The state cannot wash its hands of responsibility for these prisoners. Note: According to the Bible, Pontius Pilate washed his hands in a bowl to show that he would not take responsibility for the death sentence which the public demanded he should pass on Jesus. (Matthew 27:24)
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