fall into the hands of (someone or something)

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fall into the hands of (someone or something)

To be obtained by someone or something. If this report falls into the hands of the media, you can expect a full-blown scandal. I lost my diary, and if it falls into the hands of my parents, I will be completely mortified.
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fall into somebody’s ˈhands/the ˈhands of somebody

be taken, captured or obtained by somebody: The city has fallen into enemy hands.These documents must not fall into the hands of the wrong people.
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Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer, than into the dreams of a lustful woman?
Could it be that she had been rescued from the Malay to fall into the hands of creatures equally heartless and entirely without souls?
He hopes that in its present form it will fall into the hands of an even wider public, and that in years to come it may continue to afford amusement to those who are still young enough at heart to love a story of treasure, war, and wild adventure.
But whatever you do, Lammle, don't--don't--don't, I beg of you--ever fall into the hands of Pubsey and Co.
Mr Lammle, disclosing some alarm at the solemnity of this affectionate adjuration, demanded why the devil he ever should fall into the hands of Pubsey and Co.?
It also means these firearms won't be able to fall into the hands of criminals or be used to cause fear or intimidation in our communities."
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas released the following statement on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States's decision to delay a Qualcomm (QCOM) shareholder meeting to allow for a more extensive review of a takeover bid by Broadcom (AVGO): "Qualcomm's work is too important to our national security to let it fall into the hands of a foreign company-and in a hostile takeover no less.
The city fell to ISIL in January 2014, and it was the first major Iraqi city to fall into the hands of the terrorist group.
3" and carries the instructions: "The orders are on no account to be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy and are to be destroyed by fire on conclusion of the operation."
Such a code could prove dangerous if it were to fall into the hands of hackers.
He said that if he lost courage the reigns of power would once again fall into the hands of the oppressors.
"This is the culmination of a major international effort to eliminate weapons of mass destruction from Libya and to ensure that they never fall into the hands of terrorists," Andrew C Weber, assistant secretary of defence for nuclear, chemical and biological defence programs, was quoted as saying.
He said if the government did not carry out a massive military operation, the district could fall into the hands of Taliban insurgents.
"Israel cannot accept that advanced weapons fall into the hands of terrorist organizations." The New York Times, meanwhile, reported on Thursday that US officials had said they were informed in advance about an Israeli strike in Syria.
When weapons fall into the hands of maniacs, the effects are devastating.