keep (one's) nose clean

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keep (one's) nose clean

To stay out of trouble. You better keep your nose clean, kid, or you're going to run into trouble you can't handle.
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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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Secondly we have a contract that safeguards us as a football club, but also safeguards Nile if he keeps his nose clean and performs well on the pitch.
With a strong book of rides at Leopardstown tonight and the Curragh on Sunday, there's every chance Murtagh can make further inroads into that deficit and, if he keeps his nose clean in terms of suspensions, there's got to be a good chance he will take the title.
Ex-Apprentice contender Raef Bjayou keeps his nose clean
It is crucial the Llandudno web designer keeps his nose clean if his newly-launched appeal to cut his two-year sentence is to succeed.
There are already a couple of big story lines written for him and if he keeps his nose clean in public he will go a long way.
And the Frenchman knows that if he keeps his nose clean and conforms to the Reds' strict disciplinary code he could make the move permanent next summer for an additional club record fee of around pounds 15m.
Let's hope he keeps his nose clean, and keeps up the good work.
Apparently he believes if he keeps his nose clean, it's the same as if he'd never been caught.
Holland winger Eljero Elia, 27, has signed on loan at Southampton from Werder Bremen until the end of the season with a view to a permanent PS4million deal in the summer - if he keeps his nose clean.
United's fans may be split over his arrival but if he does the business for the club and keeps his nose clean then he'll be accepted.
If you agree with Warnock that Premiership officials might be more tolerant, you can get 6-5 that he keeps his nose clean (and that will take some flannel).
DANNY GREWCOCK: Never less than a handful and will challenge for Test shirt if keeps his nose clean.
He is hoping to play for Wolves on Sunday and if he keeps his nose clean, which he will, he will carry on playing.