have (someone's) blood on (one's) hands(redirected from have blood on one's hands)
have (someone's) blood on (one's) hands
To be the cause of someone's death; to bear the guilt or responsibility of someone's death or injury. You may have walked away from your drunk driving accident unscathed, but you have that poor boy's blood on your hands. The police now have blood on their hands after their crackdown on protesters turned violent.
have someone's blood on one's hands
1. Lit. to have the blood of some other person on one's hands. He fell and got a terrible cut and now I have his blood on my hands as well as my shirt.
2. Fig. to be responsible for someone's death; to be guilty of causing someone's death. The teenager's blood was on the policeman's hands. The king's blood was on the hands of the murderer who killed him.
have blood on your handsor
have someone's blood on your hands
If someone has blood on their hands or has someone's blood on their hands, they are responsible for the death of a person or people. The crowd that gathered outside his residence claimed he had blood on his hands. I want him to know he has my son's blood on his hands.