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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.
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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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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 model woman, Edith is reproachable for two things, neither of which she can control, maintaining her as the chaste heroine: her low station and her poverty.
2000 '"To arouse our city from its deathlike apathy, from its reproachable lethargy, from its slumber of industrial and social death': the 1939 St.
It is an attitude that is undoubtedly reproachable but which was a part of the initial protest (for which Beckham was shown a yellow card).
Deronda's first hint at his forthcoming disclosure leads Gwendolen freely to admit that she has always regarded him with a reproachable selfishness.
One might then wonder about what was so reproachable in the previous legal status that generated such multiple complaints?
Not only is 'invasion' morally reproachable, but the very act of 'settlement' may also be unlawful, at least according to a developing international juridical system.
Apart from highlighting Leonor's reproachable meddling into politics, and her blind cruelty, these interconnected episodes, verging on high melodrama, have the function of justifying the Infante Dom Joao's exile into Castile.
It also conveys a hint of reproachable obstinacy, which prompts the diffident excuse that follows.
After all, there will be always be something reproachable to expose in even the best-functioning governments and bureaucracies, as such organizations are by nature supremely imperfect.
that would be deemed morally reproachable if viewed from the broader
In the present broils of this state, my own interest has not made me blind to either the laudable qualities in our adversaries or those that are reproachable in the men I have followed.
LAUGHTER) This was one of the few reproachable factors in the early initial chapter of Irakere, due to the terrific volume created by the combination of electric instruments and Cuban percussion--particularly as handled by Oscarito Valdes.
She implies that her behavior is less reproachable because she couldn't go "all the way" in the game, yet she jokes about the girls' reactions in a mimicry of misogyny.
Invariably, however, political winds shift and can provide once reproachable goals an opening.
Emma's insult of Miss Bates, I would argue, is particularly reproachable precisely because Austen has demonstrated so clearly in the scenes leading up to the incident that Emma could (and at times did) resist her temptations.