fall into (someone or something's) clutches

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fall into (someone or something's) clutches

To be obtained and controlled by an evil person or thing. This will no longer be a sneak attack if our strategy falls into the terrorist group's clutches.
See also: clutch, fall
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Jesse Eisenberg as Daniel Atlas Meanwhile, Atlas, Merritt, Jack and Lula fall into clutches of mastermind Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who wants the team to infiltrate a high-security facility housing Case's data-mining
People must be warned not to fall into clutches of these moneylenders who prey on the poor.