play (right) into (one's) hands

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

play into someone's hands

act in such a way as unintentionally to give someone an advantage.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

play into (someone's) hands

To act or behave so as to give an advantage to an opponent.
See also: hand, play
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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