at someone's or something's mercy

Definition of at someone's or something's mercy

  1. :  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

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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

    :  lenient or compassionate treatment

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


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