fall into the wrong hands


: to come to be held or possessed by the wrong person or group
There could be a disaster if the weapons fall into the wrong hands.

Examples of fall into the wrong hands in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some are concerned that if a lot of people at a company have access to the details of their invention idea, the details could fall into the wrong hands. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 If a camera is pointed inside your bathroom or children’s bedroom, however, that footage could fall into the wrong hands and be posted or traded online, or even used for blackmail. Heather Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2023 Other influential Russian online propaganda efforts have included pushing the idea that Ukraine was developing bioweapons; blaming Ukraine for grain shortages; and arguing that Ukrainian corruption meant that arms shipments from allies would fall into the wrong hands. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 The widespread rollout of loitering munition drones has lead some of the warfare experts to warn about the potential for these tools to fall into the wrong hands, like terrorists. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 There’s always the risk that these highly advanced tools fall into the wrong hands; the future is both frightening and exciting. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2022 The Biden administration has been circumspect from the start, sending weapons in fits and starts and only providing more advanced capabilities such as Himars after weeks or months of careful consideration, fearing escalation or that equipment could fall into the wrong hands. Marcus Walker, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 For some, even fingernails and hair must be disposed of correctly, lest fragments fall into the wrong hands. Oscar Schwartz, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020 In those cases, there may be copies saved of fingerprints and face scans that can fall into the wrong hands. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 See More

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“Fall into the wrong hands.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20into%20the%20wrong%20hands. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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