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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: beyond, reproach
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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Above all, the communication of such sufferance seems to have been stigmatized by Corinthians as a reproachable behavior.
To be a citizen of more than one country is not a crime; it is not morally reproachable. This fact is not an indicator that one does not love their native country thus he or she cannot participate in its rule.
This is however an exception to the rule that finds application only in few selected cases where the stance of the defaulting party is extremely reproachable and the violation of massive gravity.
Clinging to power with such energy is not reproachable in itself, however, by failing to invest sufficient effort into the very ministries they coveted, our politicians failed to demonstrate their understanding that if our community is to thrive, each and every one of these portfolios would require an optimal and equal dedication.Aa
The CEDAW has been in existence for 30 years now, and yet the central objective of this Convention--to end the reproachable discrimination that affects women in so many areas--is still unfulfilled.
To exclude the Jews from civil rights, on the one hand, would rather be to confirm the isolation with which they have been reproached--a result for which the state refusing them rights would be blamable and reproachable, because by so refusing, it would have misunderstood its own basic principle, its nature as an objective and powerful institution.
However, environmental transgressions are not universally perceived as illegal, or even reproachable, as their "wrongness" is not always obvious (Korsell, 2001).
Within this frame of mind, it would not be surprising to find lesbianism in Puerto Rico to be, socially speaking, unthinkable, unacceptable, reproachable, shocking, and stigmatizing, despite its acknowledged presence on the island.
This work holds that NEPAD is not the first vibrant African development initiative, however Africa's crisis have remained unabated not because the paradigm are faulty or reproachable, but because the managers of African states have failed to properly negotiate the implementation of their initiatives.
Women in particular are identified as being prone to such reproachable caprice:
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).