not dirty your hands

not dirty your hands

If someone does not dirty their hands doing something, they avoid doing physical work or an activity that some people consider unpleasant. These people have never had to dirty their hands to earn a living. Very few academics with his reputation are willing to dirty their hands with political activity to the extent that he does. Note: This expression is often used to criticize someone for not getting involved in things. Compare with get your hands dirty.
See also: dirty, hand, not