washed his hands of


washed his hands of
shunned responsibility for -, avoided being held accountable for -

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • washed his hands — cleaned his hands with soap and water …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Washed — Wash Wash (w[o^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Washed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Washing}.] [OE. waschen, AS. wascan; akin to D. wasschen, G. waschen, OHG. wascan, Icel. & Sw. vaska, Dan. vaske, and perhaps to E. water. [root]150.] 1. To cleanse by ablution,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hands, washing of — The gesture among Hebrews was not an indication that the person would have nothing more to do with the matter, but implied a renunciation of responsibility for what happened (Deut. 21:6). When Pilate [[➝ Pilate, Pontius]] is said to have washed… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • To wash the hands of — Wash Wash (w[o^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Washed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Washing}.] [OE. waschen, AS. wascan; akin to D. wasschen, G. waschen, OHG. wascan, Icel. & Sw. vaska, Dan. vaske, and perhaps to E. water. [root]150.] 1. To cleanse by ablution,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wash one's hands of — abandon, refuse responsibility for He washed his hands of the problem after they refused to deal with it. (from Idioms in Speech) to decline responsibility, to rid oneself of the responsibility for As far as Ken and Vicky were concerned, Davy had …   Idioms and examples

  • wash one's hands of — DISOWN, renounce, reject, forswear, disavow, give up on, turn one s back on, cast aside, abandon; formal abjure. → wash * * * phrasal : to disclaim or renounce interest in, responsibility for, or further connection with resigned and washed his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wash your hands —    1. to urinate    The hand wash basin and the lavatory bowl are usually in close proximity. It is what arriving guests may be invited to do.    2. (of)    to dissociate yourself from (anything embarrassing or unpleasant)    Like Pilate who took …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Washing of Feet and Hands — • Owing to the general use of sandals in Eastern countries the washing of the feet was almost everywhere recognized from the earliest times as a duty of courtesy to be shown to guests Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Washing of Feet and …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • Shaking the dust from the feet — was a practice of pious Jews during New Testament times. When Jesus called his twelve disciples, he told them to perform the same act against the non believing Jews. In the early Latter Day Saint movement of the 19th century, it was practiced… …   Wikipedia


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