at the whim of (someone)

idiom

: when (someone) wishes, desires, or decides something often in a sudden way
The shop is only open at the whim of the owner.

Examples of at the whim of (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That allows [artists] to have sustainable careers that aren’t just driven off programmatic playlisting and being at the whim of that ecosystem. Mark Sutherland, Variety, 27 June 2024 There’s a little anxiety around leaving the nest and being at the whim of other people. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2024 Just as cruise itineraries can sometimes be subject to last-minute changes, safaris are at the whim of wild animals. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Songs, albums, and entire catalogs can be removed from streaming services at the whim of the artists or the corporations who control the rights. Adrienne So, WIRED, 24 Apr. 2024 The system was already in place whereby the income of many workers was at the whim of the customers. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2024 Someone who only has a single load to wash is at the whim of another person using all the machines. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 Someone who has only a single load to wash is at the whim of another person using all the machines. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Those who make money off social media are also at the whim of big platforms and their constantly changing algorithms, forcing them to adapt to what’s popular at the time. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024

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“At the whim of (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20whim%20of%20%28someone%29. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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