dirty (one's) hands

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dirty (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 dirty my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
See also: dirty, hand
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Our heroic police officers risk their lives to help others but I doubt David Cameron has ever dirtied his hands to help anyone.
She had hung some underwear on a machine to wipe her hands, and as a consequence the man himself dirtied his hands, I told her she should have kept them as they would have been worth something at an auction.
Another said Canteralla's resignation could signify a shift in Fiat's long-term strategy that went against the grain for its former chief executive, who first dirtied his hands at Fiat's components unit 25 years ago.
Unlike some other Senate liberals who have a whiff of Chardonnay about them, Wellstone dirtied his hands for years in Minnesota organizing workers and the rural poor, and even getting himself arrested while trying to prevent a bank foreclosure on a small farm.