Meaning of “fall into the wrong hands” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"fall into the wrong hands" in British English

See all translations

fall into the wrong hands

If something falls into the wrong hands, a dangerous person or an enemy starts to own or control it:

There are fears that the weapons might fall into the wrong hands.

(Definition of “fall into the wrong hands” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fall into the wrong hands" in American English

See all translations

fall into the wrong hands

to be found and taken by someone who is not the owner:

I wouldn’t want my machine to fall into the wrong hands.

(Definition of “fall into the wrong hands” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Need a translator?

Translator tool

Get a quick, free translation!