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    ...wash his hands clean...

    He washed his hands clean of loan shark activities when people borrowed money and could not return him anything.

    Is the boldfaced expression used by native speakers?

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    Re: ...wash his hands clean...

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    Yes. Sometimes we say it without "clean".

    "I washed my hands of the loan shark business a long time ago."

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    Re: ...wash his hands clean...

    In BE we don't use clean in this expression.

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    #4

    Re: ...wash his hands clean...

    This concept is right out of the Bible.

    Pontius Pilate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Pilate agrees to condemn Jesus to crucifixion, after the Jewish leaders explained to him that Jesus presented a threat to Roman occupation through his claim to the throne of King David as King of Israel in the royal line of David. The crowd in Pilate's courtyard, according to the Synoptics, had been coached by the Pharisees and Sadducees to shout against Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew adds that before condemning Jesus to death, Pilate washes his hands with water in front of the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; you will see."

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