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wash (one's) hands

To clean one's hands, typically with soap and water. Kids, be sure to wash your hands before coming to the dinner table! Everyone in my class is sick, so I've been washing my hands constantly.
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wash your hands

go to the toilet. euphemistic
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In order to prevent contaminating gloves before they are even used, it's' important to wash one's hands before putting gloves on.
However, there were not always posters or pictures in the unit/wards displaying how and for how long one must wash one's hands. This may be satisfactory for HCWs who have had hand hygiene training, but what of the patients and visitors to these areas?
But this is a reason to honestly point out the reasoning process and the limitations of such assessments, not to call for the bowl and wash one's hands of the task.
When did it become news that one should wash one's hands after touching farm animals?
The public hearings have meant that it is now impossible to dismiss the past and wash one's hands of responsibility.
Another common expression is to wash one's hands of a matter.
It's easy to blame market forces and wash one's hands after a ritual expression of sympathy - far harder to create the conditions that will enable plants like Murco's to survive.
But it is not enough to wash one's hands off Syria and sit in Switzerland, waiting for something else to turn up.