clean hands

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  1. 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

First recorded in 1590–1600

Words Nearby clean hands Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clean hands in a sentence

  • He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lift up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

  • 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.

  • In short, he could not go into court with clean hands, which is a prime stipulation of the law—though often honored in the breach.

    Within the Law | Marvin Dana