fall into hands

fall into somebody's hands

to be caught or controlled by someone The first Canadian soldier fell into enemy hands in the autumn of 1914 and was a prisoner of war for three years. There is great concern that such dangerous weapons might fall into rebel hands.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form fall into the wrong hands: Guard your secrets to be sure they don't fall into the wrong hands.
See also: fall, hand

fall into somebody's hands

if something falls into the hands of a dangerous person or an enemy, the dangerous person or enemy starts to own or control it There were concerns that the weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists.
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Summary: Israel refuses to confirm or deny strikes, but says it will not allow 'sophisticated weapons' to fall into hands of its enemies.
As a result, this person may fall into hands of radicals who show videos with violence against people, and narration tells that these crimes are committed by the unfaithful.
Moreover, they do not hesitate, despite all of the killing and destruction taking place, to restrict their concern to the fate of the regime's chemical and biological arsenal, because it could fall into hands that would threaten Israel.
Algeria has expressed worries that the spread of uncontrolled arms may fall into hands of terrorist groups in the desert.
The IPU, along with national parliaments, should play a role in facing potential hazards, emanating from prospected "nuclear terrorism," such as taking all necessary measures to ensure that nuclear materials would not fall into hands of terrorist groups and prevent smuggling of radiant ingredients, Al-Murr said.