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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A White House statement said Syrian rebels would be "appropriately vetted" before being given assistance, in what amounts to an effort to assuage concerns that some equipment provided to the Syrian opposition might ultimately fall into the hands of US enemies.
THE Co-operative Bank looks set to fall into the hands of US hedge funds and other big institutions after they tore up the embattled lender's PS1.5 billion rescue plan.