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
References in classic literature ?
I'll get even with you without needing to dirty my hands," said his enemy.
But he said: "Do you But he said: "Do you think I would dirty my think I would dirty my hands for 220 dollars?
Asked for the identity of the person he sold the tickets to, Grondona junior added: "I cannot tell you, but do you think I would dirty my hands for 220 dollars (PS128)?
Every moment of unsponsored recognition calls me to return to the uninspired world, to continue the daily routine of invention and observation, to dirty my hands in whatever work my hands can do.