fall into the wrong hands

fall into (someone or something's) hands

To be obtained by someone or something. If a person or group is not stated, there is usually an adjective (sometimes with an article) before "hands" (as in "the wrong hands" or "enemy hands"). If this report falls into the media's hands, you can expect a full-blown scandal. I lost my diary, and if it falls into the wrong hands, I will be completely mortified.
See also: fall, hand

fall into the wrong hands

To become acquired by people who were not supposed to have or know about the item in question and who may use it for nefarious purposes. Please keep this report to yourself, I don't want it falling into the wrong hands. If this information falls into the wrong hands, all our undercover agents will be in danger.
See also: fall, hand, wrong

fall into the wrong hands

Fig. to become associated with the wrong person; to become the possession of the wrong person, I don't want these plans to fall into the wrong hands. This could be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands.
See also: fall, hand, wrong
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In Washington, the Pentagon said,"We carefully track those weapons that are provided to them, we ensure that they, to the maximum extent possible, don't fall into the wrong hands and we're continuing discussions with the Turks on this issue," Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, joint staff director, told reporters.
Police chiefs have said that they are pleased with the response to the campaign because every single firearm off the street means it will not fall into the wrong hands.
2 million households across the UK currently being rented, the opportunity for information to fall into the wrong hands is huge.
We will be trying to see if we can identify who had them and are fortunate they did not fall into the wrong hands.
AMIDLAND businessman who sent equipment used in radar jamming and missile guidance to China did not care about the consequences should his sensitive cargo fall into the wrong hands, Customs officers claimed.
If the claims are true, I presume that after the idiocy of not only writing the note about Blair but allowing it to fall into the wrong hands, she's using the same technique to slap herself stupid.
I'm worried about my marbles, because I'm scared they might fall into the wrong hands,'" Kupers said Anne told her.
By implementing a secure document management program, you can help ensure that your business' data does not fall into the wrong hands.
Police say the incident is not being treated as terrorrelated but they are concerned the weapons could fall into the wrong hands.
Russia earns billions of dollars each year by exporting its civilian nuclear expertise, but it has faced criticism from Western governments who say the nuclear technology could fall into the wrong hands.
The Trojans will be launched against suspects disguised as a harmless e-mail, which means that they pose a serious IT security threat if they fall into the wrong hands, as conventional IT security software will have no protection against their usage on civilian PCs, the company said.
Gerry Maguire, managing director at Linden Foods, said: "Mr Williamson was concerned the business might fall into the wrong hands and was considering closing it down if he couldn't find a suitable buyer.
Sensitive information about the route and destination of valuable cargoes could fall into the wrong hands if data from vehicle tracking devices fell into the wrong hands, claimed Bob Shaw.
Police have recovered some but not all of the drugs and fear they could endanger lives if they fall into the wrong hands.
Such internal safeguards are helpful in avoiding any potential culpability if secure information was to fall into the wrong hands, Bennison says.