at the hands of someone

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at the hand(s) of (someone or something)

Due to the actions of. At least her first loss came at the hands of a very formidable opponent.
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at the hands of someone

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at someone's hands

COMMON If someone experiences a particular kind of treatment, especially unpleasant treatment, at the hands of a person or organization or at someone's hands, they receive it from them. After their 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Vitesse Arnhem, United may find morale a problem. She spoke of the humiliation she endured at the hands of the police.
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