soil (one's) hands

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soil (one's) hands

To partake in especially underhanded, illicit, or illegal work or activities. The public can't be allowed to think that I, a senate hopeful, would ever soil my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
See also: hand, soil

get one's hands dirty and dirty one's hands; soil one's hands

 
1. Fig. to get closely involved in a difficult task. You have to get your hands dirty if you expect to get the gutters cleaned out.
2. Fig. to become involved with something illegal; to do a shameful thing; to do something that is beneath one. The mayor would never get his hands dirty by giving away political favors. I will not dirty my hands by breaking the law.
See also: and, dirty, get, hand, soil
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"I wouldn't soil my hands," her suitor says when she reveals her masochism--"one doesn't touch your kind, even with gloves on." Erika's sole act of dubious mercy is a violent one: Foreseeing an oppressive future, an exacting mother just like hers, she fills a nervous student's duffel pocket with shattered glass, leaving the girl's right hand maimed.