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    he who touches pitch shall be defiled

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “I have endorsed Callahan” the Judge said. He didn’t flicker. “I maybe could give you the dirt” the Boss said speculatively. “Callahan’s been playing round for a long time, and he who touches pitch shall be defiled.”

    he that touches pitch shall be defiled = you can’t touch pitch without being defiled

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: he who touches pitch shall be defiled


    You can't touch tar without getting your hands dirty.


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