at the hands of somebody
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 hands of somebody,
at somebody’s ˈhands(written) if you experience something at the hands of somebody, they are the cause of it: So far hundreds of innocent civilians have died at the hands of the terrorists.
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