at the hand of


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

Due to the actions of someone or something. At least her first loss came at the hands of a very formidable opponent. The activist's death at the hand of the military led to protests around the country.
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at the hand of

Also, at the hands of. Performed by or at the agency of, as in The slaves suffered greatly at the hands of their new masters. This idiom was first recorded about 1035. Also see at hand.
See also: hand, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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