to the (tender) mercies of

idiom

Definition of to the (tender) mercies of

: without any protection from (someone or something one cannot control) As the army retreated, the people were left to the mercies of the advancing enemy.

Learn More about to the (tender) mercies of

Statistics for to the (tender) mercies of

Cite this Entry

“To the (tender) mercies of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20the%20%28tender%29%20mercies%20of. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

Comments on to the (tender) mercies of

What made you want to look up to the (tender) mercies of? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!