to the (tender) mercies of

Definition of to the (tender) mercies of

  1. :  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

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

    :  showing care :  considerate, solicitous

    :  highly susceptible to impressions or emotions :  impressionable

  1. :  to present for acceptance :  offer

    :  to make a tender of

    :  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

    :  an offer or proposal made for acceptance: such as

    :  an offer of a bid for a contract

  1. :  an often breaded strip of usually breast meat

    :  the tenderloin of a chicken

  1. :  one that tends: such as

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

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

  1. :  to make tender :  soften, weaken

    :  to regard or treat with tenderness

    :  to become tender

  1. :  consideration, regard

mercyplay mercies
  1. :  compassion or forbearance (see forbearance 1) shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power

    :  lenient or compassionate treatment

    :  imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder


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