to the (tender) mercies of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

tender play
  1. : marked by, responding to, or expressing the softer emotions : fond, loving

  2. : showing care : considerate, solicitous

  3. : highly susceptible to impressions or emotions : impressionable

  1. : to present for acceptance : offer

  2. : to make a tender of

  3. : to make a bid or tender

  1. : an unconditional offer of money or service in satisfaction of a debt or obligation made to save a penalty or forfeiture for nonpayment or nonperformance

  2. : an offer or proposal made for acceptance: such as

  3. : an offer of a bid for a contract

  1. : an often breaded strip of usually breast meat

  1. : one that tends: such as

  2. : a ship employed to attend other ships (as to supply provisions)

  3. : a boat for communication or transportation between shore and a larger ship

  1. : to make tender : soften, weaken

  2. : to regard or treat with tenderness

  3. : to become tender

  1. : consideration, regard

mercy play mercies
  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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