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leave (one) to (someone's) tender mercies

To allow someone to face the punishment or rebukes of another person who will not show them any mercy, kindness, or sympathy. The phrase is used ironically. I thought it would be best if I spoke to her, rather than leaving her to the principal's tender mercies. I don't have time to deal with this. I'll just leave them to Mairead's tender mercies.
See also: leave, mercy, tender

tender age of

the young age of... She left home at the tender age of 17 and got married to a rock singer.
See also: age, of, tender

tender something for something

to offer something (of value) for something. The shareholders were asked to tender one of their shares for two of the offering company's. I decided not to tender my shares.
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tender something (to someone) (for something)

to offer or present something to someone for something. Laura tendered payment to Gary for the tickets. Walter tendered the old shares to the company for new shares.

leave to someone's tender mercies

Submit to another's power or discretion, especially to an unsympathetic individual. Today this expression is always used ironically, as in We left him to the tender mercies of that stiff-necked, arrogant nurse. It alludes to a biblical passage (Proverbs 12:10): "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
See also: leave, mercy, tender

tender age

A young age, as in It's a great advantage to learn languages at a tender age. [Early 1300s]
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tender loving care

Also, TLC. Solicitous and compassionate care, as in These houseplants sure have had tender loving care, or Older house for sale, needs some renovation and TLC. Originally used to describe the work of care-givers such as nurses, this term today is often used ironically or euphemistically. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: care, tender

at a ˌtender ˈage


at the tender ˌage of ˈ8, ˈ12, etc.

used in connection with somebody who is still young and does not have much experience: We were sent to boarding school at a tender age.At the tender age of seventeen I left home.
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Because neither BA Capital nor BACI will be participating in the tender offer, neither will be tendering any shares in the tender offer, which might otherwise influence the determination of the Purchase Price for the shares in the tender offer.
CVPS will promptly return to tendering stockholders all shares that have been tendered and not purchased.
The "Final Settlement Date" is the settlement date with respect to any Notes that are validly tendered after the Consent Payment Deadline and at or prior to the Expiration Time, and the Tender Offer Consideration to which a holder tendering during such time is entitled pursuant to the Tender Offer is expected to be paid promptly after the Expiration Time.
In addition to the NRG Notes Total Consideration or NRG Notes Tender Offer Consideration, as the case may be, tendering holders will receive accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, February 2, 2006.
In order to tender their Notes, Holders whose Notes underlie income deposit securities ("IDSs") of the Company will be required to separate their IDSs prior to tendering their Notes.
All withdrawal rights of tendering holders of notes terminated at 5:00 p.