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

dirty one's hands

Also, get one's hands dirty or soil one's hands. Do something shameful or illegal. For example, He refused to dirty his hands and give jobs to the big campaign donors, or Getting one's hands dirty by lying to the boss will be severely punished, or She would not soil her hands by cheating. This expression is a metaphor for literally defiling or soiling oneself. [Mid-1600s]
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.