throw oneself on the mercy of (someone)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of throw oneself on the mercy of (someone)

: to beg (someone) for mercy
  • The prisoner confessed his crimes and threw himself on the mercy of the court.

Word by Word Definitions

throw play
  1. : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

  1. : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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