pestä kätensä

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pestä (to wash) kädet (hands) +‎ -nsä (third person possessive suffix); to "wash one's hands".

Phrase[edit]

pestä kätensä

  1. (idiomatic) wash one's hands of (to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame for; to refuse to have any further involvement with)

Usage notes[edit]

  • "of" is expressed with elative case.

Conjugation[edit]

  • For the verb, see pestä; kätensä takes the appropriate possessive suffix.