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wash your hands of something

Meaning: If you wash your hands of something that you were involved in, you decide to stop being involved in it after losing your interest or belief in it.

For example:

  • She washed her hands of the whole project after she found out that people had been stealing donated money.

  • Jim washed his hands of politics long ago after realising how corrupt most politicians were.

Quick Quiz:

Many sponsors washed their hands of the sport of cycling because
  1. they cut their advertising budgets
  2. of drug use among the cyclists
  3. cycling was becoming more popular

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