to the (tender) mercies of

idiom

: 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.

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“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 27 Nov. 2022.

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