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at the mercy of

Subject to the control or actions of a particular person or thing. When you're a minor, you're totally at the mercy of your parents. When you travel by public transportation, you're always at the mercy of the weather. Her fate is at the mercy of the jury—it's their decision now.
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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

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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(be) at the mercy of somebody/something

not be able to stop somebody/something harming you because they have power or control over you: Small businesses are completely at the mercy of the banks these days.The little ship was at the mercy of the storm.
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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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The archbishop added: 'We are afraid to look at mercy in the eyes and we are afraid that mercy will challenge us to be merciful and we are not ready.
com)-- A project at Mercy to track thousands of implanted medical devices and improve patient safety now has the financial backing of the U.
The annual Christmas party is a big deal at Mercy, and its "Healthification" program allows employees to represent Mercy on the company softball team or on Mercy-sponsored running and fitness groups.
29 July 2013 -- Minneapolis USA-based US Bank (NYSE: USB) and Denver-based nonprofit affordable housing organisation Mercy Housing said they have kicked off a partnership to provide free school supplies and ongoing financial education to families and individuals living at Mercy Housing properties in Denver and three other cities this summer.
There will be an open house for the program at Mercy College's Verrazzano Hall, Room 26, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, Wednesday, August 10, from 6-8 p.
MIAMI -- The CyberKnife Institute at Mercy Hospital, Miami's first hospital-based CyberKnife[R] Robotic Radiosurgery System, will bring new hope to patients with inoperable or surgically complex tumors when it opens its doors January of 2010.
Medical staff privileges of the physicians at Mercy Hot Springs are not expected to be affected by the proposed transaction.
Every stairwell at Mercy is now equipped with a Stryker evacuation stair chair, designed with a friction breaking track that allows patient to be moved quickly yet safely to the ground floor.
Sister Carol Henry, who coordinated the project at Mercy Center, is to be congratulated on her amazing efforts on behalf of families in need.
Staff members at Mercy Health Northwest Arkansas Communities in Rogers know they have important duties to perform each day.
Our program at Mercy has had a significant effect on patient safety and that's why we are receiving calls from around the world about how we reduced patient falls--a national problem among health care facilities," said Burl Beasley, MPH, DPh, Mercy pharmacist.
One, he says, pointing to a young man joking with a group of residents, is an ex-Bangkok prostitute who now works at Mercy as a counselor for other HIV-positive people.
We are very excited about mercymanhattan and all that this new campus will provide for students who either live or work in New York City or the surrounding boroughs," said Don Panton, Assistant Vice President of Facilities at Mercy College.
The eICU system at Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines, a 917-bed acute care facility, will be operational in late 2007 with the first 54 critical care beds equipped with advanced eICU technology.
Paper recycling is on the rise at Mercy, increasing from 7,000 pounds in May to more than 30,000 pounds in July.