sully (one's) hands

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sully (one's) hands

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

sully your hands

FORMAL
If someone sullies their hands by doing something, they do something unpleasant or wrong. He had no intention of sullying his hands by playing politics. He would not sully his hands in trade. Note: To sully something means to stain it.
See also: hand, sully
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And so the vast majority of the Filipino people have openly put their fate in the sullied hands and messianic promises of a few who are out there to destroy the very foundations of a just and humane society.
If they are executed without such an investigation, President Widodo will never be able to wipe the blood of these nine human beings form his sullied hands.