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.

Nearby words

  1. clean bill of health,
  2. clean breast,
  3. clean eating,
  4. clean energy,
  5. clean food,
  6. clean hands, have,
  7. clean house,
  8. clean out,
  9. clean room,
  10. clean sheet

Origin of clean hands

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019