get your hands dirty

Get your hands dirty
If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • get your hands dirty — get (your) hands dirty informal to involve yourself in all parts of a job, including the parts that are unpleasant, or involve hard, practical work. Unlike other bosses, he s not afraid to get his hands dirty and the men like that in him …   New idioms dictionary

  • get your hands dirty —    If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Get your hands dirty —   If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • get your hands dirty — 1) to do physical work She d never get her hands dirty helping out around the house. 2) to become involved in something dishonest …   English dictionary

  • get your hands dirty — …   Useful english dictionary

  • get hands dirty — get (your) hands dirty informal to involve yourself in all parts of a job, including the parts that are unpleasant, or involve hard, practical work. Unlike other bosses, he s not afraid to get his hands dirty and the men like that in him …   New idioms dictionary

  • dirty one's hands — or[soil one s hands] {v. phr.} To lower or hurt one s character or good name; do a bad or shameful thing. * /The teacher warned the children not to dirty their hands by cheating in the examination./ * /I would not soil my hands by going with bad… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dirty one's hands — or[soil one s hands] {v. phr.} To lower or hurt one s character or good name; do a bad or shameful thing. * /The teacher warned the children not to dirty their hands by cheating in the examination./ * /I would not soil my hands by going with bad… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Dirty hands — For other uses, see Dirty Hands (disambiguation). Dirty hands is a metaphor used in moral and political philosophy and everyday conversation to symbolize the sullying of one s moral standing by dealing with unsavory matters. The idea conveyed is… …   Wikipedia

  • dirty — I UK [ˈdɜː(r)tɪ] / US [ˈdɜrtɪ] adjective Word forms dirty : adjective dirty comparative dirtier superlative dirtiest ** 1) not clean I felt dirty, hungry, and cold. diseases spread by dirty water piles of dirty washing dirty fingernails 2)… …   English dictionary

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