clean hands, have

have clean hands

To be free of any wrongdoing. Kelsey has clean hands because she had no knowledge of the scandal whatsoever.
See also: clean, hand, have

clean hands, have

Be innocent or guiltless, as in John's got clean hands; he had nothing to do with it. It is sometimes worded as one's hands are clean, meaning "one has done nothing wrong," as in Don't look at me-my hands are clean. This metaphor for freedom from wrongdoing dates back to at least 1600.
See also: clean, have