to avoid being involved in any activities that are bad or illegal
to keep your distance from activities that are unpleasant, dishonest, against the rules or against the law
The principal advised the teenagers to not break any rules.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… keep your hands clean
The principal advised the teenagers to keep their hands clean.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … keep your hands clean
The politician kept her hands clean during the mudslinging campaign.
His business partner went to jail because he couldn’t keep his hands clean.
The company hired an accounting agency that had a reputation for keeping their hands clean.
Question of the Day
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get your hands dirty
to get involved in something that is difficult, dishonest, or unpleasant
The lawyer left the firm because he didn’t want to get his hands dirty.