fall into someone's hands

fall into (someone's 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
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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.
See also: fall, hand
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