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
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Jack, a shell-shocked and decorated soldier on leave from the Western Front, falls into their clutches and finds himself living a macabre dream.