fall into the wrong 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.
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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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David George, partner and head of Deloitte'sEnterpriseRiskServicespractice in the Midlands, said PCs and laptops, along with other computer hardware, may still contain sensitive businessdata,whichcouldcause significant damage to a company's reputation if it fell into the wrong hands.
He said: "There is growing evidence that these systems can be hacked into and that data can be reconverted into a fingerprint, which could be misused if data fell into the wrong hands.
Apart from the inconvenience of having to replace them, in these days of identity theft you can never be sure what could happen if they fell into the wrong hands, and I doubt I would have settled for a long time worrying about it.
If this pass fell into the wrong hands it would be pretty catastrophic.
RAPPER TALIB KWELI WORKED ON HIS CD The Beautiful Struggle for more than eight months before it fell into the wrong hands and portions of it ended up on the Internet, where it was available for illegal downloads six months before it was officially released in November 2004.
Sensitive information about the route and destination of valuable cargoes could fall into the wrong hands if data from vehicle tracking devices fell into the wrong hands, claimed Bob Shaw.
Despite this, while nearly 70% said that their PC hardware was insured against theft, just 12% used encryption to keep their personal data secure even if files fell into the wrong hands.
Terrorism experts warned that the dossier could be very dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands.
But imagine if this technology fell into the wrong hands.
If they fell into the wrong hands, the files on them could be used in blackmail attempts or undermine the security of the country.
These materials have the potential of being extremely dangerous if they fell into the wrong hands and need to be tracked with diligence and precision.
The Rugby Football Union yesterday exonerated England fly-halfOlly Barkley of wrongdoing after his ticket allocation for a Six Nations match fell into the wrong hands.
The world would be a more dangerous place if they fell into the wrong hands.
Imagine the damage that could do if it fell into the wrong hands -like your husband's for example.
He added: "The possibility of criminal activity is endless and frightening if these fell into the wrong hands.