wash (one's) hands

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wash (one's) hands

1. Literally, 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.
2. To absolve oneself of or distance oneself from responsibility for something. I don't want to be part of this scheme any more. I wash my hands of it! Look, you can't just wash your hands and walk away. You're as guilty as the rest of us!
See also: hand, wash
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wash your hands

go to the toilet. euphemistic
See also: hand, wash
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Then, when they had feasted their eyes upon him sufficiently, they washed their hands and began to cook him for dinner.
Miranda and Jane had virtually washed their hands of Aurelia when she married Lorenzo de Medici Randall.
The UAE national said: "I think what bothers me is the thought that a person hasn't washed their hands prior to touching it.
People both young and old, literate and illiterate washed their hands whenever they went places like markets, shopping malls, schools, banks, companies, hospitals to mention a few.
A recent study showed that only 31% of men and 65% of women washed their hands after using a public restroom.
Published in December in the American Journal of Infection Control, the study found that child care staff properly washed their hands less than a quarter of the time.
I began to think how many billions of people washed their hands every day and how much water that uses."
Mr Preston mentioned that Middlesbrough had the lowest turnout, at just 24%, at the recent European Parliament elections, symptoms of the past where too many people believe they can't make a difference to their town and simply washed their hands of the issues.
N = 100) Before eating food, 99 out of 100 house surgeons washed their hands. Out of 100 house surgeons, 87 washed their hands before caring for someone who is sick.
"Subjects who washed their hands after a task were more optimistic than those who did not wash their hands, but it hampered their future performance in the same task domain".
Kai Kaspar from the University of Cologne found that test subjects who washed their hands after a task were more optimistic than those who did not wash their hands, but it hampered their future performance in the same task domain.
In the 2003 study (American Society for Microbiology) it was observed that 83% of women washed their hands after using the restroom, whereas only 74% of the men did so.
Although 95 per cent of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, 92 per cent of phones and 82 per cent of hands had bacteria on them.
My theory is that if you don't wash your hands in a restaurant then you touch the door on the way out then as soon as someone else touches the door they will have your germs to go and eat their dinner with whether they have washed their hands or not.
This survey found that after using public restrooms in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and San Francisco only 68 per cent, adults washed their hands. Women washed their hands more often than men (74 per cent versus 61 per cent).