to the mercy of

Definition of to the mercy of

  1. :  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

  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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