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at the mercy of someone

 and at someone's mercy
Fig. under the control of someone; without defense against someone. We were left at the mercy of the arresting officer. Mrs. Franklin wanted Mr. Franklin at her mercy.
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at the mercy of somebody/something

also at somebody's/something's mercy
unable to protect yourself from someone or something The entire movie business is at the mercy of teenage moviegoers. If you're not legally employed, you're at your employer's mercy.
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at the mercy of

1. Also, at someone's mercy. Subject to the power of, helpless against, as in The captured rebels were at the mercy of the army commander. [Late 1500s]
2. Without any protection against, as in On top of Mount Washington we were at the mercy of the elements. [Late 1600s]
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at the mercy of

Without any protection against; helpless before: drifting in an open boat, at the mercy of the elements.
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By connecting the talents of a highly skilled team of dynamic professionals, Dara will deepen the impact of Mercy Corps programs worldwide," says Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer at Mercy Corps.
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June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist organization focused on driving improvements in the quality, satisfaction and financial performance of inpatient healthcare delivery, announced today an agreement to employ and manage a team of hospitalist physicians at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, Ill.
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Joining Alcorn at the luncheon were two young women currently in the residential counseling program at Mercy Ministries in Nashville, along with a Mercy Ministries' program graduate from 1997, all of whom were honored with a standing ovation.
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She will continue to serve in that capacity at Mercy in Coon Rapids until a new president is named.
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