in the hands of


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in the hands of somebody

also in somebody's hands
held and controlled by someone The nation's wealth is increasingly in the hands of very, very few people. The paper published lists of all the prisoners who died in enemy hands.
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in the hands of

In the possession of; in the custody or under the authority of. For example, In the hands of the decorator the hall was completely transformed. [Late 1200s] Also see in hand; in one's hands.
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