show no mercy

Definition of show no mercy

:to treat (someone) very harshly
  • Although the mayor had apologized already, the press showed him no mercy.
  • We will show no mercy to the opposing team!

Word by Word Definitions

show play
  1. : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit

  2. : to offer for sale

  3. : to present as a public spectacle : perform

  1. : a demonstrative display

  2. : outward appearance

  3. : a false semblance : pretense

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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