Clean hands

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clean hands freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking.
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Idioms

Clean hands - Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.
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Usage

In literature:

Fresh from the barber's hands, he has a clean mask marked by the razor's edge.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
The cotton lay in silken handfuls, clean and shimmering, with threads full two inches long.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
The hand he gave her was very thin, but clean and cool, and the black eyes were clear though hollow, for the poor lad was half starved.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877" by Various
The younger farm hand, a ruddy, clean, foolish boy of twenty, jerked his thumb towards his friend.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
First the wheat is sifted and cleaned and then it is put into one of the hand-mills.
"Topsy-Turvy Land" by Samuel M. Zwemer
The mud slinger never has clean hands.
"The Silly Syclopedia" by Noah Lott
My hands are quite clean now.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Such persons, in prosecuting another for stealing a book, cannot come into court with clean hands.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
You all want clean hands and a clean face.
"Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear" by B.J. Griswold
His hands had been devoured by rats and two little heaps of clean bones were all that remained of them.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
Digby, a man of clean hands, seems to have taken up the Queen's quarrel.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
I'm going to be able to make my own employers come through with clean hands.
"The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush" by Francis Lynde
He washed his face and hands, brushed his hair, put on a clean collar, and then went to the kitchen to blacken his shoes.
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
So Aunt Peggy, she waded cross de river, when de elephant had went, and two days arter dat, de river was clean gone, bare as my hand.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
Milking should be done with dry hands into metal pails, kept clean by scalding.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
And so this wilderness has lain since creation, unmarred by the hand of civilized man, clean and unsullied, as God made it.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
My hand rested on a clean white sheet; it was like heaven.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
But the boy's face and hands were clean, and he had bright eyes that, just now, seemed filled with tears.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
Is it not more unseemly to take away your brother's bread with clean hands?
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
But if seen close at hand, the statue (which it is understood will shortly be cleaned) shows distinct merits.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
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In poetry:

A hand that providently throws,
Nor dissipates in vain:
How neat his field! how clean it grows!
What produce from each grain!
"Charity to Man" by William Drennan
Not he would take the past between
His hands, wipe valor's tablets clean,
Commanding greatness wait
Till he stands at the gate;
"Lincoln" by John Vance Cheney
"Take off his clothes of shame and sin,"
The father gives command,
"Dress him in garments white and clean,
With rings adorn his hand.
"Hymn 123" by Isaac Watts
What is Truth? said Pilate, when
The truth had reached his inmost heart
Washing clean his hands again,
In murder, said he'd have no part.
"What Is Truth?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
When my hands that bread shall break,
In thy sight may they be clean!
When my lips for thee shall speak,
Let their truth by thee be seen!
"Hymns For Ordination and Installation XI" by John Pierpont
I loved the child, and I took his hand,
And made him kneel and pray
That the crime; for which the calm was sent,
Might be purged clean away.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt

In news:

So, around ten years ago, I had finally washed my hands clean of a year long break-up with my college boyfriend.
Eureka Easy Clean 71B Hand Vacuum.
Gandhi told King that Payne was fired for "poor performance" and Gandhi 's hands are clean.
Anyone with some free time on your hands and gloves and a rake for your hands, come help clean up the leaves.
What's the best way to clean grease from my hands after I've worked on my bike.
Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often.
These activities go hand and hand with the importance to stay hydrated with clean and fresh water.
A surgeon washes his hands before starting procedures to clean the wound of an amputee patient with MRSA at Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin hospital ( Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters ).
Hope College Greeks lend a hand cleaning up Holland parks.
Military Veterans Lend a Hand Cleaning Up After Talkeetna Floods.
Lend a hand to clean up downtown this weekend.
Haines doesn't come before the courts with clean hands.
Quinn started handing out clean needles from his backpack on University Way in the University District.
The programs have collectively handed out 295,186 clean needles and collected 160,617 used ones, for a 54 percent return rate.
Registered nurse Susan Sanazaro wraps Steve Hayes' hand after showing him how to clean and dress his wound.
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In science:

The use of Brownian motion, rather than random walks, has technical advantages: on one hand, we have the spectral analysis and the classical estimates for Schr¨odinger semi-groups at our disposal, and on the other hand, we have a clean scaling property.
Large deviations for Brownian motion in a random scenery
On the other hand, the unstable portion of the fixed line and the (unstable) clean fixed point appear at a finite value of the coupling constant at which αF N is not small.
Renormalization group approach to 2D Coulomb interacting Dirac fermions with random gauge potential
On the other hand, the actual randomness in graphene, even when atomically clean, is known to have ripples, i.e, long-ranged corrugation of the graphene plane.
Quantum Hall plateau transition in graphene with spatially correlated random hopping
On the other hand, accuracy of foreground cleaning diminishes toward the ends of each sub-band, since there are fewer neighboring channels for polynomial fit.
Subtracting Foregrounds from Interferometric Measurements of the Redshifted 21 cm Emission
On the other hand, π0 cross sections over a large kinematic range are much more difficult to obtain than for π+ for two reasons: First, the cross sections are much smaller than for π+ , and second, the clean detection of π0 s requires the measurement of their two decay photons.
Measurement of Exclusive $\pi^0$ Electroproduction Structure Functions and their Relationship to Transversity GPDs
On the one hand, if the fugacity expansion is valid (as is the case in the clean X Y model), then the exponent α and the coefficient A depend on the fugacity Y and have an analytic expansion around Y = 0.
Does quasi-long-range order in the two-dimensional XY model really survive weak random phase fluctuations?
Fourier transforming the cross-hand fringes, and performing a complex CLEAN.
Analysis of 6cm VLBI polarization observations of a complete sample of northern BL Lacertae Objects
Studies in formal logic deal with relatively clean and straightforward methods of proofmaking that can easily be decontextualized from whatever given situation is at hand.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
This, on one hand, has the advantage of providing a clean and uniform formalization.
Test Case Generation for Object-Oriented Imperative Languages in CLP
On the other hand, mathematicians are far more than nit-picking grammarians that clean up the details after physicists have done the real work of creating new language (e.g.
Multivector Solutions to the Hyper-Holomorphic Massive Dirac Equation
Also parity-violating asymmetries in the production of left and right-handed top quarks have the potential to provide a clean signal of non-SM physics: QCD preserves parity and the SM induced asymmetries are too small to be observable, at least at the Tevatron pp collider [79, 80].
Top quark theory review for the Tevatron, LHC, and ILC
Ambainis et al. give an impossibility proof against a certain natural approach to simulating standard quantum computers using one clean qubit computers, and on the other hand show that one clean qubit computers can efficiently simulate classical logarithmic depth (NC1) computations .
Approximating the Turaev-Viro Invariant of Mapping Tori is Complete for One Clean Qubit
On the other hand the case of pp collisions looks more clean in comparison with interactions on nuclear targets.
Fast Antibaryon Production in $pp$ Collisions as a Result of String Fusion
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