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above reproach

So perfect as to avoid criticism. His performance has been above reproach. I cannot think of a single reason he shouldn't be promoted. Just because you get good grades doesn't mean you're above reproach. Of course I got in trouble and Todd didn't. That guy's totally above reproach in the boss's eyes.
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beyond reproach

Perfect; unable to be criticized. I have to scold some of my employees regularly, but Tom's behavior is beyond reproach.
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reproach (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

To scold, criticize, or express disappointment in or disapproval of someone, oneself, or some group or organization for some action, error, or wrongdoing. It filled me with guilt the way my mother reproached me for failing my exam. The federal court reproached the banks for their part in plunging the economy into recession, but stopped short of actually imposing any punishment or penalty. He reproached himself for saying such foolish things on his date.
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reproach (someone or something) with (something)

To accuse someone, oneself, or some group or organization of something; to blame someone, oneself, or some group for something. My mother reproached me with laziness after I failed to get top marks on my exam. He didn't speak to the woman in the end and later reproached himself with cowardice. The federal court formally reproached the banks with plunging the economy into recession,.
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above reproach

not deserving of blame or criticism. Some politicians behave as though they are above reproach.
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reproach someone for something

to rebuke or censure someone for something. She reproached ferry for gambling away all their money. She reproached herself mercilessly for her failure.
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reproach someone with something

to rebuke someone with reference to something. I wish you wouldn't continue to reproach me with things that happened long ago. She was reproached with something out of the past.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

beyond reproach

Blameless, faultless, as in Jean's conduct at school is beyond reproach. The phrase employs the verb to reproach in the sense of "censure or rebuke," a usage dating from the early 1500s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, there are as yet no efficacious interventions for communication of reproach and apology.
Is he capable of being like Caesar's wife, above reproach, considering the political and personal allegiance constraints he still intends to hang on to?
And if William Hague is to continue doing it his judgment must be beyond reproach.
But of far greater importance is the principle at stake here: namely that Assembly Members should be seen to be absolutely beyond reproach in the way they conduct themselves.
Mr Gibson seems too beyond reproach on Teesside, but I am afraid his reluctance to take any kind of firm action is now coming back to haunt him.
I am at a bit of a loss to see how my tongue-in-cheek (is that a pun?) reproach of the growing practice of European ladies expecting to be kissed on the cheek by men in social settings could in any way be regarded as disrespectful to Arabic etiquette, 'So disrespectful' (GDN, May 6).
ASTOR REGRETS: THE HIDDEN BETRAYALS OF A FAMILY BEYOND REPROACH tells of the fate of Brooke Astor, a philanthropist whose pristine family fell apart under public scrutiny of thievery, mistreatment, and more.
"Many reproach automobile manufacturers for having identified too late the trend towards fuel efficient cars - that was not the case for BMW." Last month, the German group said sales tumbled 25 per cent and it was one of the first to announce production cuts to cope as consumers hold onto their cash in an economy now in recession.
Rail staff pass through checking tickets and don't reproach the offenders.
In "Esteemed Reproach: The Lives Of Reverend James Ireland And Reverend Joseph Craig", co-authors Keith Harper (Professor of Church History, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina) and Baptist academician C.
Jesus, ever the gracious guest: His reproach, "Martha, Martha," is not a rebuke meant to discount her gift or refuse her repast but an invitation--right hand open--to draw her away from her worry and toward a restful heart.
Who would not wish to have it complicated or qualified or (mis)interpreted out of its stringency and its reproach? I tremble for my country when I reflect that Jefferson is right.
Whether they're the last American Boy Scout or Girl Scout, I really think that the risk manager has to step up and fill that gap--risk managers need to be above reproach. From a leadership standpoint and an integrity standpoint, those would be two areas that I see opportunities for risk managers to grow into.
Noun stigma signifies "A mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach. 2) a small mark; a scar or birthmark ...."
Such scorched-earth tactics have led a few trial lawyers to reproach their colleagues.