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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Today's youngsters seem averse to soiling their hands as they help flood the market with a surfeit of unwanted graduates in tourism.
501(c)3s, also untaxed, are supposed to be a higher and purer form of life, conducting research, educating the public, checking into the powerful institutions of government and industry, but not soiling their hands with lobbying or advocacy - hence the deduction.