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!
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wash your hands

go to the toilet. euphemistic
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Health experts said that simple precautions, such as properly washing one's hands and covering the face while coughing or sneezing, can reduce the spread of such infections.
And because they are into water, they also educate school children about the proper way of washing one's hands. October is Global Hand Washing Day and every year around this time, the foundation goes to several schools and communities to teach them the proper seven-step process of effective hand washing.
Dr Peter Barratt, of Initial Washroom Hygiene, said: "Simply washing one's hands thoroughly can help to overcome the potential cross contamination risks." Microbial levels: 1.
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-- A growing number of medical experts say that washing one's hands and disinfecting indoor surfaces are not enough to protect people from catching a cold or getting the flu.
Not washing one's hands after going to a bath room is synonymous to touching genitals in public, graphic Japanese illustrations show.
The former conservative prime minister, Francois Fillon, believes the move to be a type of washing one's hands from what is taking place in Syria, and that a better move would be a no-fly zone, and convincing Russia to endorse a Security Council resolution.
Read the letter issued below: The letter sent by the Jordanian Popular Boycott Movement: Dear Cirque Du Soleil, Date: May 2012 "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral"CoPaulo Freire As Jordanians and as conscientious citizens of the world, we are appalled to learn that Cirque du Soleil is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv this August.
Miller points out, since habitual negligence about washing one's hands after touching a dog will increase the likelihood of disease transmission through direct contact.
There are occasionally some books that are so deeply unpleasant, indeed repulsive, that one feels like washing one's hands after reading them.
In fact, washing one's hands after reminiscing about a positive event limits the warm glow of happy memories, leaving people less satisfied," he added.
Dr Meng Khaw, director of public health at North Tyneside Primary Care Trust and acting director of pubic health at Newcastle Primary Care Trust, said: "Something as simple as washing one's hands can go some way in preventing the spread of diseases.
These are elements in a spiritual practice inextricably bound up with concrete acts: breathing, washing one's hands, taking in nourishment, visiting the mourner, honouring the elder, teaching the young, healing the unwell, welcoming the stranger, redeeming the captive, feeding the hungry, advocating for justice, redeeming the Land, and sustaining the eco-system."
Air Force reminds us that halting the spread of infection can be as simple as properly washing one's hands.
For this flu season, individuals and families must remain vigilant and proactive on their own behalf, and remember that public-health advisories, including such simple steps as staying home when sick and washing one's hands, are grounded upon solid science.