fall into (someone or something's) hands

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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

fall into someone's hands

COMMON If someone or something falls into the hands of a bad person or enemy, that person gets them or is able to control them. There is a real fear that food supplies could fall into the hands of the rebels, thus increasing the misery of ordinary citizens. Their ship had fallen into enemy hands. Note: If something falls into the wrong hands, it is taken or controlled by someone who will cause harm with it. There is always the possibility that weapons may fall into the wrong hands.
See also: fall, hand
References in classic literature ?
In about thirteen days' sail we came to an anchor, at the south- west point of the great Gulf of Nankin; where I learned by accident that two Dutch ships were gone the length before me, and that I should certainly fall into their hands.
soldiers unlucky enough to fall into their hands, but let one ticked-off American soldier, in a fit of pique, go as far as slap around one of theirs and the PCs scream that we're torturing them.
To Anheuser Busch, the Budweiser tradename is a valuable commodity Should the company fall into their hands, they may close the brewery, axe the beer and let American Budweiser dominate the world.
Women would be the most enchanting creatures on earth if, in falling into their arms, one didn't fall into their hands.
To have this kind of aircraft with a nuclear capability of deploying a weapon of mass destruction - it seems to me it's in our overall interest to see to it that it doesn't fall into their hands,'' he said.