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Play into one’s hands


Manipulated. Trapped into a decision or action by someone else’s intrigues. The phrase suggests that someone has somehow tricked you into a circumstance that benefits them at your expense. ‘Into one’s hands’ suggests that someone has control over the situation and you did exactly what they wanted.

“You paid that much for that old car! I think you played right into the car dealer’s hands.”

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