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 (perhaps with an article) before "hands" (as in "the wrong hands" or "enemy hands"). I lost my diary, and if it falls into the wrong hands, I will be completely mortified.
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fall into the wrong hands

To become acquired by people who were not supposed to have or know about the item in question. 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
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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.