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clean hands

freedom from guilt, wrongdoing, or dishonesty; innocence; guiltlessness:
He came out of the bribery investigation triumphantly when it was proved that he had clean hands.
Origin of clean hands
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Provision for clean hands is a necessity in school, and ways of making a small amount of soap and water serve may also be taught.

  • A suspicion of it, I think, and so brave a man should have clean hands.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • There is a small boy who lives at our house with whom I wage an unending warfare on the subject of clean hands.

  • Touched only with clean hands, and by testators willed to their heirs.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • "Ah, but this is an emergency," said Osmond, coming out of his washing with clean hands and a dripping face.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • Respect for age is de rigueur at all times, like clean hands.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
  • What wounded man inquires whether the surgeon that tends his gashes has clean hands or no?

    The Talisman Sir Walter Scott

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