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You could say they would be playedplaying into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, the expression originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of its emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This idiom is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, the expression originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of its emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This idiom is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

You could say they would be playing into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, the expression originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of its emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This idiom is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

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You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, this idiomthe expression originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of the expression'sits emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This phraseidiom is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, this idiom originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of the expression's emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This phrase is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, the expression originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of its emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This idiom is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

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You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

ThisAccording to this source, this idiom originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of the expression's emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This phrase is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

This idiom is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

You could say they played into the hands of the enemy.

play into somebody's hands

to do something that gives someone else an advantage over you, although this was not your intention

If we allow terrorists to disrupt our lives to that extent we're just playing into their hands.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved February 24 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+into+hands

According to this source, this idiom originated from playing cards, specifically the game bridge. The source gives nice outline of the expression's emergence:

A part of the game’s strategy is to force your opponent to play certain cards. If you manage to do so, then she or he is playing into your hand, giving you an advantage. The expression is often pluralized into playing into someone’s hands. This slight modification has resulted in obscuring the origin of the meaning, making people think of a body part, when actually in card games your hand, refers to the cards you are holding. This meaning goes all the way back to the 16th century as well.

This phrase is very common in the UK, and is also often said with emphasis and pluralised as mentioned above:

played it right into my hands

Searching for the above on Google Books will give you plenty of examples of the use of this phrase in print.

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22played+right+into+my+hands%22

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