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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But if that information falls into the hands of someone on Twitter or a blog in California judges have no jurisdiction.
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