at someone's or something's mercy

Definition of at someone's or something's mercy

:in a position or situation in which one can be harmed by (someone or something one cannot control)
  • The army advanced, and the people were at their mercy.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

mercy play
  1. : compassion or forbearance (see forbearance 1) shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power

  2. : imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder

  3. : a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion


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