keep (one's) nose clean

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keep (one's) nose clean

To behave properly; to stay out of trouble. You better keep your nose clean, kid, or you're going to run into trouble you can't handle.
See also: clean, keep, nose

keep one's nose clean

Fig. to keep out of trouble, especially trouble with the law. I'm trying to keep my nose clean by staying away from those rough guys. John, if you don't learn how to keep your nose clean, you're going to end up in jail.
See also: clean, keep, nose

keep one's nose clean

Stay out of trouble. For example, Dad told Brian to keep his nose clean from now on or he'd cut off his allowance. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
See also: clean, keep, nose

keep your nose clean

INFORMAL
If you keep your nose clean, you behave well and avoid trouble. He'd worked hard and kept his nose clean for all those years. He told me to keep my nose clean and my mouth shut.
See also: clean, keep, nose

keep your nose clean

stay out of trouble. informal
See also: clean, keep, nose

keep your ˈnose clean

(informal) do nothing that will get you into trouble with the police or other authorities: After he came out of prison, he was determined to keep his nose clean.
See also: clean, keep, nose

keep (one's) nose clean

Informal
To stay out of trouble.
See also: clean, keep, nose
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I told him I was proud of him," Taggart said, "and keep working hard and keep his nose clean and learn and keep growing.
Watson has also vowed to keep his nose clean down under so he does not face the wrath of the dreaded Lions fines committee.
A TEENAGER who stole money from a home for people with learning difficulties promised to keep his nose clean as was freed from custody.
Determined to keep his nose clean, Patrick is horrified when Gaz sets his sights on robbing Scarlett and Jimmy's mini market.
After warning JR to keep his nose clean, Lynch has to repeat himself, saying: "You obviously didn't hear me the first time - keep your nose out of other people's stuff.
Fabio Capello could have prevented all this if, as England manager, he had made it clear to Terry that he was in the team - not as captain - and that he had to keep his nose clean.
Monnelly is under strict orders to keep his nose clean and stay out of trouble.
Williamson is utterly believable playing his own version of the King of the Muswell Hill Teds trying to keep his nose clean as he sees out his five-year stretch.
There is still work to be done, with a goalkeeper and a striker among the positions on Redknapp's shopping list, but for now Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent are firing and at 7-4 it's worth chancing that Heurelho Gomes can keep his nose clean.
But can he keep his nose clean - or, indeed, stay alive - long enough to pass the interview process?
TOUGH pop star Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin' Criminals has revealed that gardai have told him to keep his nose clean if he wants to live in Ireland.
Once out of the joint, Lorenzo promises to keep his nose clean but is on a collision course with disaster.
Now Goodwin has taken on a new coaching role under Saints boss Tommy Craig he is determined to keep his nose clean.
ARNOLD Schwarzenegger has been freed from the chains of office - and the need to keep his nose clean.
However, the striker was bound over to keep the peace for the next year and warned if he doesn't keep his nose clean he faces a fine of one week's wages or PS3,500.