- soil one's hands
- get one's hands dirty & dirty one's hands & soil one's hands1. Fig. to get closely involved in a difficult task. •
You have to get your hands dirty if you expect to get the gutters cleaned out.2. Fig. to become involved with something illegal; to do a shameful thing; to do something that is beneath one. •
The mayor would never get his hands dirty by giving away political favors.•
I will not dirty my hands by breaking the law.* * *See: DIRTY ONE'S HANDS.
Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.