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[kleen-han-did] /ˈklinˈhæn dɪd/
free from wrongdoing; guiltless.
Origin of clean-handed
First recorded in 1720-30
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cleanhandedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One like Samson is clean-handed in what it would be unutterably base for us to do.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • To shame him before the world, whose ancestors had been upright and clean-handed?

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives
  • I want to learn that he is as clean-handed in this affair with the Sewells as he thinks himself.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • So, clear speaking is needed: a fight that is not clean-handed will make victory more disgraceful than any defeat.

    Principles of Freedom

    Terence J. MacSwiney
  • May it wave there so long as it covers just laws, honest officials, and clean-handed administrators—so long and no longer!

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Only so did she feel that she could go free of all obligation, clean-handed, without stultifying herself in her own eyes.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • They were both learned in the Law, and were described by him, now as pure and clean-handed, and again as open to bribery.

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