at the hands of


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at the hands of

Due to the actions of. At least her first loss came at the hands of a very formidable opponent.
See also: hand, of

at the hands of somebody

also at somebody's hands
because of someone's actions It looked as if the Sparks would suffer defeat at the hands of their rivals, the Liberty. Since June, two young people who were under arrest have died at the hands of the police. The process has suffered badly at their hands.
See also: hand, of