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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Cameron's reliance on his "army" of 70,000 Syrian ground troops is just another example of trying to keep our hands clean a while longer.
Let this song remind us to open our hands, to raise our hands to God in surrender and in praise, and to keep our hands clean to please our God, as we go through life.
This year they supplied antiseptic gel for us to keep our hands clean and there were more hygiene precautions.
He said: 'Those who defended the action in Iraq rightly reminded us that while we talk, people are suffering appallingly; while we try to keep our hands clean, atrocity and oppression reign unchecked.
If we wanted to be sure to stay out of the war, and if we wanted to keep our hands clean of human rights violations, we could conceivably give the government money for schools and roads, not machine guns and helicopters.