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English definition of “at the hands of sb”

at the hands of sb

C2 If you suffer at the hands of someone, they hurt you or treat you badly : How many people have died at the hands of terrorist organizations ?Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of at the hands of sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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