play into somebody's hands
play (right) into (one's) hands
To unwittingly do exactly what one wants or needs in order for one's plans or schemes to succeed. Don't waste your time investigating her husband! You're playing into the real killer's hands! These media reports play right into the senator's hands—he just wants something else to distract from the important issues.
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ˌplay (right) into somebody’s ˈhandsdo exactly what an enemy, opponent, etc. wants so that they gain the advantage in a particular situation: The thieves played right into the hands of the law by trying to sell stolen property to a police informer.
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