play (right) into (one's) hands

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play (right) into (one's) hands

To unwittingly do exactly what someone wants or needs in order for their 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 president's hands.
See also: hand, play

play into someone's hands

Fig. [for a person one is scheming against] to assist one in one's scheming without realizing it. John is doing exactly what I hoped he would. He's playing into my hands. John played into my hands by taking the cash he found in my desk. I caught him and had him arrested.
See also: hand, play

play into someone's hands

COMMON If you play into someone's hands, you do something that gives them an advantage over you or helps them defeat you. Trying to prevent an investigation plays right into the hands of our critics. Differences of opinion over policy could play into the hands of the country's enemies.
See also: hand, play

play into someone's hands

act in such a way as unintentionally to give someone an advantage.
See also: hand, play

ˌplay (right) into somebody’s ˈhands

do 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.
See also: hand, play

play into (someone's) hands

To act or behave so as to give an advantage to an opponent.
See also: hand, play
References in classic literature ?
It seemed that fate would play into their hands, for with the reports of the guns Jane Clayton's attention had been distracted from her unwilling assistants, and instead of keeping one eye upon them as she had intended doing, she ran to the bow of the Kincaid to peer through the darkness toward the source of the disturbance upon the river's bosom.
I don't think anybody, including the judges, are willing to see the point of Christians today and are either playing into the hands of the secularists or desiring to play into their hands.