fall into (someone or something's) clutches

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fall into (someone or something's) clutches

To be obtained and controlled by an evil person or thing. This will no longer be a sneak attack if our strategy falls into the terrorist group's clutches.
See also: clutch, fall
References in classic literature ?
Because he wanted to fall into their clutches, they seemed to regard him as a king who could do no wrong.
- bob10 On the Tories' plan to cut benefits I personally know of people, recently made redundant, who have been faced with the humiliation and degrading treatment that the job centres dish out to those unfortunate enough to fall into their clutches. They are made to feel less than human, and that it's their own fault that they are in this predicament.
And was there ever a bunch of hags more venal and cruel than the Sisters of Mercy, who showed little mercy to thousands of Irish girls unfortunate enough to fall into their clutches? And the children who passed through these Catholic homes from the 30s to the 90s have been betrayed twice.
The barrister said the gang's three-and-a-half year operation also saw Porsches, Mercedes and Range Rovers fall into their clutches.
People with little or no training who will offer unqualified, half-baked, possibly dangerous solutions to the problems of those naive enough to fall into their clutches. They are, in a word, quacks.
She also ruled out castration, suggesting the fiends should instead be helped so children don't fall into their clutches.