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fall into (someone's 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.
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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.
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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.
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BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (KUNA) -- The EU welcomed Friday the safe removal of the remaining chemical weapons from Libya, as "a positive and important development for the stability of Libya." "With the materials having reached the designated destruction facility in Germany where they will be safely disposed of, this removes the risk of such weapons falling into the wrong hands," said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a fugitive prince who must stop a magical dagger falling into the wrong hands. It's Arabian Nights meets The Scorpion King, with added Gemma Arterton for good measure.
He manipulated a system to prevent the unauthorised distribution of military items so that he could make a profit with no care about the consequences of these goods falling into the wrong hands."
People are also encouraged to hand in any replica firearms, ball bearing guns and air weapons, as well as imitation weapons and antiques, to prevent them falling into the wrong hands and being used to commit crime.
And people are also being encouraged to hand in any replica firearms, ball bearing guns, air weapons, imitation weapons or antiques they own, to prevent them falling into the wrong hands and being used to commit crime.
Summary: A number of laws exist to protect citizen health information from falling into the wrong hands, among them the Health Information Portability and Protection Act ...
weapon from falling into the wrong hands ends with a shocking turn of events for Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone, left) and his crack team of mercenaries, known as They discover that they discover that the ruthless arms dealer they are pursuing is none other than Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) - Barney's former partner and Expendables co-founder, and a man he thought he had killed more than a decade earlier.
But if the rebels are flush with weapons, aren't those weapons already in danger of falling into the wrong hands? One point of U.S.
Managing the destruction of customer and employee records is critical to protect information from falling into the wrong hands. Not only can a data breach impose a major inconvenience on members of the credit union and cost thousands of dollars in fines, but it can also diminish a financial institution's reputation and credibility.
So as a law abiding citizen how best do we dispose of old knives safely without them falling into the wrong hands? Fiona Evans Bontnewydd
Iron Man Channel 4, tomorrow, 5.40pm An arms manufacturer taken hostage by a terrorist group has an epiphany and realises that the weapons his company builds have been falling into the wrong hands. Therefore, he uses his prodigious engineering skills to construct an even more impressive weapon, a hi-tech armoured suit, which he uses to blow up any evildoers who happen to drift across his path.
USA: President Barack Obama welcomed leaders of 47 countries to a Washington summit on nuclear security and delivered a stark warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands. In an opening address to leaders, President Obama noted the risk of nations going to war with nuclear weapons had decreased while "the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up".
With phones falling into the wrong hands every day and California residents subject to warrantless cellphone searches, now's a pretty good time to think about p r o t e c t i n g y o u r s m a r t p h o n e .
The spokesman also rejected the suggestion that there is any danger of Pakistan's strategic assets falling into the wrong hands. It may be recalled here a UK English daily on Sunday in a report said that The US army is training a crack unit to seal off and snatch back Pakistani nuclear weapons in the event that militants, possibly from inside the country's security apparatus, get their hands on a nuclear device or materials that could make one.