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.
See also: clean, hand, keep
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vinyl or latex) gloves because they not only keep my hands clean and safe from solvents but also provide that skin-on-bolt feel.
I do this because once I took sacks of gardening waste to the tip wearing a pair of Maria's yellow marigolds to keep my hands clean.
I always thought that I could work inside the police and keep my hands clean.