keep (one's) hands clean

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keep (one's) hands clean

To keep a distance from or avoid becoming involved with something that is (or might be considered) unsavory, immoral, illicit, or illegal. You're not going to get very far in this business if you're always worrying about keeping your hands clean. She always kept her hands clean during her campaigns, avoiding the smear tactics and mud slinging so common in the political world.
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with a will w w IB wDl He'd better keep his hands clean in Dubai.
But what I have cited are all that I can summon at present from my memory, except one other that's truly exceptional, and which should earn for him the nation's enduring wonder and gratitude: He has demonstrated that a president, given all the power and opportunities to line his pockets with the people's money, can spurn all temptations and keep his hands clean of dishonest wealth fleeced from the public or finagled from the national treasury.
Sarma has desisted from issuing clarifications and tried to keep his hands clean even as the Telecom Commission sought clarity from Trai on issues relating to the calculation of the reserve price, its impact on phone tariffs, refarming of the 900 MHz spectrum and the quantum of spectrum to be auctioned.
He was the organiser and clearly wanted to keep his distance to keep his hands clean.
Mr Black added: "He was attempting to keep his hands clean.
He tries his best to keep his hands clean," says Bryn, "but he doesn't always succeed.
Another person who was predicted to be in the middle of controversy in 2004 but has so far managed to keep his hands clean is Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) President Robero Madrazo.
He also knows that through the use of third-party surrogates, he can effectively attack his opponents, in particular Kenneth Starr, question the ongoing investigations (plural) into the Clinton White House and, by successfully manipulating the media, keep his hands clean while making himself smell like roses.
So when your child gets a cold, keep his hands clean and well washed.
Mr Portillo is canny enough to keep his hands clean in public while quietly helping muddy the waters out of view.
With Mr Maude - who is barely on speaking terms with Mr Hague - acting as "Brutus", Mr Portillo will be able to appear loyal and keep his hands clean.