to the mercy of

Definition of to the mercy of

:without any protection from (someone or something one cannot control)
  • He had to leave his boat to the mercy of the storm.

Word by Word Definitions

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


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