Wash your Hands of Something

“Lavarse las manos

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  • Meaning

Not to accept a responsibility, to withdraw from an association, to get cold feet, or not to accept to be involved in a situation

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  • Origin

We all are familiar with the biblical passage in which Pontius Pilate announced the excited angry mob that he did not want to take any further responsibility about Jesuschrist’s execution. He mentioned he did not approve on that but that he would not stop the crowd´s will, sealing his decision by washing his hands in front of them all. Nowadays, when we accept no further liability on something, we simply say that we wash our hands.

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  • Example

The governor addressed the citizens last night on TV about the referendum that allowed the state to execute murderers and kidnappers.

The governor, who has always been a democrat and a compassionate human being, raised his voice against this resolution and he also said that he would just wash his hands of this atrocity that violated human rights.

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