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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O'Rourke was conspicuous by his absence in the dock last week, but both defence solicitor Mark Lutton and the procurator fiscal confirmed O'Rourke had kept his nose clean during the period of deferment.
Corruption will be an issue and we're prepared to defend the record of the president as one who has kept his nose clean and can't be accused of any corrupt practice, he said.
He kept his nose clean here but was snuffed out at every turn by a combination of Kyle Walker and Phil Jones.
This time Gowland got another good start, and while McConnell crashed out on the opening lap, Gowland kept his nose clean and began to push on.
As he has kept his nose clean, McKenzie will only serve half his sentence.
Robert Mochrie, defending, said Ali had kept his nose clean since.
He had been released last November, had kept his nose clean and was determined to keep out of trouble, but the three earlier offences "had come back to haunt him.
Goodell indicated at the time of the suspension that if Roethlisberger kept his nose clean, the suspension would be reduced by two to four games.
Lawrence Watts, for O'Reilly, said: "His two best points are that his codefendants were given community orders and that since 2006 he has kept his nose clean.
The ban was reduced to eight weeks on appeal, and the left-back had kept his nose clean in the Premiership before reacting furiously to an elbow from Bolton striker Kevin Davies during Boro's thrilling 4-3 win at the Riverside.
He has kept his nose clean since returning to the Premiership and has even set up a charity aimed at helping under-privileged kids.
He kept his nose clean and proved a point with two goals (but don't get me started on the Hungarian goalkeeper
Then he kept his nose clean and worked hard toward becoming adetective.
Fowler kept his nose clean, so to speak, last night and had two of Liverpool's better chances during a game which signally failed to live up to its billing.
Fortunately, he's kept his nose clean until winter hibernation.