at the hands of someone

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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References in classic literature ?
If during the time in which John May must have killed Charles May, if he killed him at all, Charles May was miles away from where John May must have been, it is plain that the deceased must have come to his death at the hands of someone else.
Victims knew killer NINETY per cent of women killed by men last year died at the hands of someone they knew, statistics have revealed.
But it's horrifying to think of the amount of violence and suffering this child must have endured at the hands of someone he should have been able to trust.
The Alcohol's Harms to Others report found almost one in five adults (18%) had felt physically threatened by someone who had been drinking, one in 10 (11%) had property damaged by a drinker and one in 20 suffered violence at the hands of someone under the influence of alcohol.
Our lives have been ripped apart and we have lost two beautiful people at the hands of someone who should have protected them.
As her body is dragged by her killer, readers are privy to her reactions to the moments leading up to her brutal beating death at the hands of someone who did not like Serena's investigative reporting for her school paper.
It is well known that there are a greater number of instances when serious violence, even murder, happens it is at the hands of someone the victim knows more than a stranger.
I can't imagine what this dog's final hours must have been like at the hands of someone she loved.
Women aged between 16 and 24 experiences the highest rates of violence at the hands of someone they know.
We have a tragic situation where two decent people died at the hands of someone who is not happy with his lot in life, and that's too bad,'' Bishop said.
In 1985, only 20% of the city's murder victims died at the hands of someone they didn't know.