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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Why should Sandy Javier, who started the very successful Andok's lechon manok chain, dirty his hands for a paltry sum?
While Slaven Bilic looked like an eager man of action, keen to dirty his hands along with his players, McClaren resembled a bank manager.
5million marksman with some of the classiest touches at the club but he's not afraid to dirty his hands and take the bruises which come from dealing with the physical side of defenders.
Whether he was overruling advisers who wanted a stronger stance against French withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), deeply involving himself in arms limitations talks, or finding Cuban influence in the Dominican Revolution, the Lyndon Johnson that emerges in Beyond Vietnam was a man who not only chose his own policies but also was unafraid to dirty his hands in their implementation.
This means offering him such a world-class job that he would never want to dirty his hands at Westminster again, spreading dangerous ideas that would force the Tories to fight on the same centre ground as Labour.
DAVID CAMERON Not that he'd ever dirty his hands by touching one of us plebs, but even in theory - NO.
He knows what it's like to dirty his hands at the coal face and has a great track record for developing youngsters.
He wouldn't want to dirty his hands meeting ordinary folk, would he?
AFTER watching the London Marathon and seeing the thousands of people running to raise money for worthy causes, I began to wonder if the donations they make to all the different charities will be tax exempt or will the Chancellor try to claim his share and dirty his hands even further?
It has been some time since Hoddle had to dirty his hands in the Football League but Wolves offer him a fresh start and a good opportunity.
But in public, at least, he has failed to dirty his hands with the issue that has shamed soccer.