clean hands


clean hands
{n. phr.}, {slang} Freedom from guilt or dishonesty; innocence. * /John grew up in a bad neighborhood, but he grew up with clean hands./ * /There was much proof against Bill, but he swore he had clean hands./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • clean hands — n pl: innocence of wrongdoing or deceit plaintiff must come into court with clean hands see also clean hands doctrine Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • clean hands — ˌclean ˈhands noun [plural] someone with clean hands has not been involved in dishonest activities: • In a political scandal, it is rare to find anyone with clean hands …   Financial and business terms

  • clean hands — Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Clean hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clean hands — {n. phr.}, {slang} Freedom from guilt or dishonesty; innocence. * /John grew up in a bad neighborhood, but he grew up with clean hands./ * /There was much proof against Bill, but he swore he had clean hands./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clean\ hands — n. phr. slang Freedom from guilt or dishonesty; innocence. John grew up in a bad neighborhood, but he grew up with clean hands. There was much proof against Bill, but he swore he had clean hands …   Словарь американских идиом

  • clean hands —    Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • clean hands — noun 1. : freedom from guilt, especially from dishonesty in money matters or elections 2. : the condition of being free from wrongdoing, misconduct, or deceit as a prerequisite of application for relief in a court of equity * * * freedom from… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • clean hands — hands that are not dirty; clear conscience (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary