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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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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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Based on evidence that mitigating reproaches can lead to mitigating accounts (e.g., Hodgins & Liebeskind, 2003), we addressed variables consistent with mitigating reproaches.
First, we hypothesized that participants in the intervention condition, relative to the control condition, would offer better reproaches as victims (i.e., better mitigating reproach skills, more emotionally controlled and empathic) and better apologies as offenders (i.e., better communication of apology, greater consideration of the victim's feelings).
We tested whether a 2.5-hour group workshop focusing on reproach and apology improved participants' rated performance in making reproaches and offering apologies.
For instance, counselors can help clients practice making assertive reproaches while maintaining an emotional tone of empathy.
No one keeps a count of how many parishes use the reproaches, but liturgists contacted by NCR said practice varies widely.
bishops' liturgy secretariat, said he estimates 40 percent of American parishes use the reproaches on Good Friday.
Anselmo's in Rome, said the reproaches do not have to be read as anti-Jewish.
Hommerding said that even setting aside the question of anti-Judaism, the reproaches don't fit the spirituality of Good Friday.
McManus said that especially in the Jubilee Year, when John Paul II has invited the church to an examination of conscience, the reproaches may be helpful.
Merella argued that Good Friday cannot be understood apart from Easter, and in that light the reproaches strike a false note.
Frank Henderson, a liturgist in Edmonton, Canada, said the reproaches reflect an "older theory of atonement" that regards Jesus' suffering as necessary to satisfy God's justice.
Was it good for Jesus to suffer, or did he suffer because suffering is part of the world but that doesn't make it good?" If one opts for the latter understanding, Henderson said, the reproaches are not helpful.
The reproaches -- which McManus described as a "broad and deep" attempt to find meaning in suffering -complement Good Friday very well.