fall into the wrong hands

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 (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

fall into the wrong hands

To become acquired by people who were not supposed to have or know about the item in question and who may use it for nefarious purposes. 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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"Whilst those guns are on the streets of the West Midlands there is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands. Every gun handed in is potentially a life saved.
"The patches, which can be used as strong painkillers to reduce severe long-lasting pain, could have serious consequences should they fall into the wrong hands.
"While those guns are on the streets of the West Midlands there is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands. Every gun handed in is potentially a life saved.
Supt Inglis said: "The aim of the campaign was to get weapons that could fall into the wrong hands.
"Whilst we have already taken steps to restrict the sale of knives to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands, we felt there was more we could be doing to support those looking at how to bring this issue under control," he added.
We were able to avert the possibility that those firearms will fall into the wrong hands,' Capt.
Simon has been exchanging e-mails with an anonymous classmate who only goes by the name 'Blue.' But when Simon's e-mails fall into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being exposed.
In Washington, the Pentagon said,"We carefully track those weapons that are provided to them, we ensure that they, to the maximum extent possible, don't fall into the wrong hands and we're continuing discussions with the Turks on this issue," Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, joint staff director, told reporters.
Jim Conning, of Royal Mail, said: "With 8.2 million households across the UK currently being rented, the opportunity for information to fall into the wrong hands is huge.
"We will be trying to see if we can identify who had them and are fortunate they did not fall into the wrong hands."
WASHINGTON -- Pakistan attaches great importance to strengthening global nuclear security and fully shares global concern that nuclear materials and facilities must never fall into the wrong hands, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs said.
AMIDLAND businessman who sent equipment used in radar jamming and missile guidance to China did not care about the consequences should his sensitive cargo fall into the wrong hands, Customs officers claimed.
If the claims are true, I presume that after the idiocy of not only writing the note about Blair but allowing it to fall into the wrong hands, she's using the same technique to slap herself stupid.
"'I'm worried about my marbles, because I'm scared they might fall into the wrong hands,'" Kupers said Anne told her.
The group's members fear a Government decision to sell off Fenton Town Hall, until recently a working magistrates' court, could allow the war memorial to "fall into the wrong hands", risking its future.