fall into (someone or something's) hands

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fall into (someone or something's) hands

To be obtained by someone or something. If a person or group is not stated, there is usually an adjective (sometimes with an article) before "hands" (as in "the wrong hands" or "enemy hands"). If this report falls into the media's hands, you can expect a full-blown scandal. I lost my diary, and if it falls into the wrong hands, I will be completely mortified.
See also: fall, hand

fall into the wrong hands

To become acquired by people who were not supposed to have or know about the item in question and who may use it for nefarious purposes. Please keep this report to yourself, I don't want it falling into the wrong hands. If this information falls into the wrong hands, all our undercover agents will be in danger.
See also: fall, hand, wrong

fall into the wrong hands

Fig. to become associated with the wrong person; to become the possession of the wrong person, I don't want these plans to fall into the wrong hands. This could be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands.
See also: fall, hand, wrong

fall into someone's hands

COMMON If someone or something falls into the hands of a bad person or enemy, that person gets them or is able to control them. There is a real fear that food supplies could fall into the hands of the rebels, thus increasing the misery of ordinary citizens. Their ship had fallen into enemy hands. Note: If something falls into the wrong hands, it is taken or controlled by someone who will cause harm with it. There is always the possibility that weapons may fall into the wrong hands.
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References in classic literature ?
She did not dare fire for fear the shot would bring his people about him, and with Rokoff dead she would fall into hands no better than his and to a fate probably even worse than he alone could have imagined.
In the next place, when a woman is thus left desolate and void of counsel, she is just like a bag of money or a jewel dropped on the highway, which is a prey to the next comer; if a man of virtue and upright principles happens to find it, he will have it cried, and the owner may come to hear of it again; but how many times shall such a thing fall into hands that will make no scruple of seizing it for their own, to once that it shall come into good hands?
I don't like to boast, gentlemen; it's not my way; but I can't help saying, that, if your friend hadn't been fortunate enough to fall into hands that-- But I won't say what I was going to say.
The 'destiny' of the recovered fund itself is funny, or how does one explain its predilection to continually fall into hands of pen robbers.
Speaking to ANI, Syed Muazzem Ali said, "Fraction of number of people can fall into hands of evil doers who can exploit them for de-stabilising region.
We will also announce youth policy to put the young generation on the right track and engage them in healthy activities so that they could not fall into hands of militants and terrorists, he said.
Summary: Israel refuses to confirm or deny strikes, but says it will not allow 'sophisticated weapons' to fall into hands of its enemies.
As a result, this person may fall into hands of radicals who show videos with violence against people, and narration tells that these crimes are committed by the unfaithful.
Moreover, they do not hesitate, despite all of the killing and destruction taking place, to restrict their concern to the fate of the regime's chemical and biological arsenal, because it could fall into hands that would threaten Israel.
Algeria has expressed worries that the spread of uncontrolled arms may fall into hands of terrorist groups in the desert.
The IPU, along with national parliaments, should play a role in facing potential hazards, emanating from prospected "nuclear terrorism," such as taking all necessary measures to ensure that nuclear materials would not fall into hands of terrorist groups and prevent smuggling of radiant ingredients, Al-Murr said.