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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.
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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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Socialists reproached him for not purging communists.
Greece has been reproached by the European Court of Justice for not implementing a key part of EU asylum law, the Temporary Protection Directive (2001/55/EC).
It comes as no surprise, given his lack of academic training and his decisively pragmatic biases, that Continental philosophy is a somewhat muddled area for him, even though Homemade Esthetics demonstrates that Greenberg has read Kant's Critique of Judgment more attentively than most of those who have reproached him for his alleged Kantianism.
He reproached Grigorovich for alleged duplicity and for a lack of artistic initiative, blaming him for keeping only half of his promise to mount new productions of Le Corsaire and Don Quixote last season.
Luxembourg has been reproached by the European Court of Justice for not implementing a key part of EU asylum law, the 2001 temporary protection Directive (55/EC).
In this regard, Robert Pincus-Witten's article "Bruce Nauman: Another Kind of Reasoning" (published in Artforum in February 1972), which reproached the artist for turning away from the wordplay featured in his earlier works toward "phenomenological," indeed "behaviorist," pieces, should be reread in light of the past two and a half decades of Nauman's production.
Just as in the era of the historical avant-garde, those artists introducing artificial, aesthetic differences are reproached for being motivated exclusively by commercial and strategic interests.
In this work the author of Male Fantasies manages to define Muller as the crucial if not sole German author to no longer draw psychologically on the war dead - something for which Muller had been reproached in the past.