have clean hands

have clean hands

To be innocent; to be free of any wrongdoing. I swear, I have clean hands—I had nothing to do with that robbery. We kept you in the dark about the deal so you would always have clean hands in case things went wrong.
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have clean hands

Fig. to be guiltless. (As if a guilty person would have dirty or bloody hands.) Don't look at me. I have clean hands. The police took him in, but let him go after questioning because he had clean hands.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

clean hands, have

Be innocent or guiltless, as in John's got clean hands; he had nothing to do with it. It is sometimes worded as one's hands are clean, meaning "one has done nothing wrong," as in Don't look at me-my hands are clean. This metaphor for freedom from wrongdoing dates back to at least 1600.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have clean hands (or keep your hands clean)

be uninvolved and blameless with regard to an immoral act.
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have clean ˈhands

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your hands are ˈclean

not be responsible for crime, dishonesty, etc: After years of corrupt government, we want politicians with clean hands.
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