American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Innocent; guiltless.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having clean hands.
- Figuratively, free from moral taint or suspicion; guiltless of wrong-doing: now used mostly of fidelity to pecuniary trusts: as, he came out of the transaction clean-handed.
- adj. free from evil or guilt
“Beneath a photo of Ayatollah Khamenei, a message praised the president as a “pious man, brave, clean-handed, principled [and] extremely active,” whose “firm decisions serve people [and] highlight the aims of the Revolution.””
“Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a grand cover-up in progress and the White House cannot afford to have any clean-handed Boy Scouts spill the beans”
“She can't boast of being a clean-handed person and the right one to lead.”
“It will trigger an epidemic so virulent it will take out Pharos, Pella, Leynart, most of their household, and a sizable portion of the population of Kymil in the most innocent possible fashion, coincidentally leaving our clean-handed and horrified Cerdic with Regency over his imbecile uncle.”
“There they turned back, also, leaving it to Morgan to carry out the rest of his program alone, it being the general opinion that he intended to herd the six beyond the cottonwoods on the farther shore and despatch them clean-handed, according to what was owing to him on their account.”
“This will go far, by its plain reminder, to prevent soiling the pages by the fingers, a practice which rapidly deteriorates fine books, and if long continued, renders them unfit to be exhibited to clean-handed readers.”
“Still less should it be needful to insist upon the importance to every reader of books, of coming to their perusal clean-handed.”
“Only so did she feel that she could go free of all obligation, clean-handed, without stultifying herself in her own eyes.”
“Oh, if I could come to you clean-handed!" he interrupted, passionately; "if I could offer you a hand unstained by the blood of a fellow creature!”
“But, I'll give you this -- I'll give you your man clean-handed.”
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