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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The last step in the process is particularly crucial, says Pesek Bird, because if you don't choose someone to speak for you, your healthcare decisions may fall into the hands of someone who isn't ready to accept that responsibility.
"We can't let Barack Obama's legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn't understand that."
Current problems with opioid prescribing, he said, include the possibility that the medication may fall into the hands of someone other than the intended patient, the wrong medication may be given for the situation, or the wrong dose or dose formulation may be used.
It may fall into the hands of someone who knows what it represents, who previously owned it and thus appreciates its performance.